7 December 2015
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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Current Issues in Criminal Justice
The November edition of Current Issues in Criminal Justice is out now. This special issue, edited by Dr Alyce McGovern, focuses on Crime, Media and New Technologies. 

For more information, visit the Sydney Institute of Criminology website.
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Recent Publications
Does the first prison sentence reduce the risk of further reoffending?
A recent study by Judy Trevena and Don Weatherburn from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, found that offenders given a suspended sentence are no more likely to re-offend than those given a prison sentence of up to 12 months in duration. 

The Bureau compared 3,960 matched pairs of offenders, one of which received a prison sentence of 12 months or less, while the other member received a suspended sentence of two years or less. None of these offenders had previously been sentenced to prison.

Offenders were matched on a large range of factors relevant to re-offending. Time spent in custody was taken into account.  No differences were found in rates of re-offending between the two groups of offenders.

During the 36 month follow-up period, 42% of those receiving suspended sentences and 43% of those receiving custodial sentences were convicted of a further offence. The difference in re-offending was not statistically significant.

Read the full report here.
Sentencing Advisory Council Report on Contravention of Family Violence Intervention Orders
More people are sentenced to imprisonment or a community sentence for contravening (or breaching) a family violence intervention order (FVIO) or a family violence safety notice (FVSN), but fines remain a common sentencing option, according to a new report released by the Council. 

Building on the Council’s previous work, the report examines sentencing for contravention of a family violence intervention order and contravention of a family violence safety notice over two periods: 2009–10 to 2011–12 and 2012–13 to 2014–15. The report also looks at sentencing for the aggravated offences of contravention of a family violence intervention order intending harm or fear for safety, contravention of a family violence safety notice intending harm or fear for safety, and persistent contravention of a family violence intervention order or safety notice, which became available in April 2013.
The Prison Diary of A.C. Barrington: Dissent and Conformity in Wartime New Zealand
A.C. (Archie) Barrington was a leading New Zealand pacifist during World War 2. Incarcerated in Mount Crawford Prison for his beliefs in 1941, he kept an illicit diary, scrawled in the margins of books. Many years later his son John happened across the diary and painstakingly reconstructed it.

Such documents are exceptionally rare – until recent times prisoners were not allowed to keep any record of their experiences and many were illiterate anyway. Barrington vividly and compellingly recorded the squalid, rundown conditions, monotonous and exhausting labour, the intense cold from which there was little protection, and the strategies he and his fellow pacifists adopted to enable them to cope with prison life.

John Pratt has edited the diary and provides a fascinating commentary on the issues it raises in relation to prison life then and now. He also addresses a fundamental question – what were Barrington and his like doing in prison, when similar expressions of dissent would almost certainly have been ignored in Australia or Britain? Why was New Zealand, with its ‘fair go’, egalitarian reputation, so intolerant and punitive?

Pratt chronicles a history of intolerance, suspicion and deep-seated antipathies that may go some way towards explaining the current penal saturation in this ‘friendly’ land. 

For more information, visit the Otago University Press website.
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Upcoming Events
Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2016

The annual Stockholm Criminology Symposium will be held from June 14 - June 16, 2016 at the City Conference Centre (Norra Latin) in Stockholm, Sweden. 

The primary purpose of the Symposium is to create an environment where international criminologists, policy makers, practitioners and others engaged in criminal policy matters can take part of the latest research findings of importance for crime policy.

For more information about the conference, please visit the Stockholm Criminology Symposium website.

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Job Advertisements
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Justice Health Research Program, Griffith University
An exciting opportunity exists to work with the Justice Health Research Program, led by Professor Stuart Kinner, which undertakes world-class research at the intersection of public health and the criminal justice system. The Program sits across the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. 

This is a fixed term (4 years), full time position based at the Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses.

Position description:
This postdoctoral position will be involved in multiple National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research projects under the umbrella of the Justice Health Research Program at Griffith University. Key duties will include project management, staff supervision, liaison with academic and government research partners, drafting of grant and ethics applications, and dissemination of research findings. The position would be well-suited to a high-performing early career researcher who wishes to rapidly build their research track record.

Salary range: 
Research Fellow, Grade 2: $89,357 - $106,114 per annum.
Salary packaging including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $104, 547 - $180,393 per annum. 

About the applicant: 

The successful applicant will have relevant postgraduate tertiary qualifications or equivalent research experience in public health or a relevant social science discipline, demonstrated high-level expertise in the analysis of quantitative data and exceptional academic writing skills.

Applications close Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 4:30pm AEST. 

For more information and to apply, visit the Griffith Criminology Institute website.
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