16 December 2015
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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Happy Holidays!
The Sydney Institute of Criminology would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year. This will be the final CrimNet posting for 2015, before we resume again on Monday 18 January, 2016. 

If there is a publication, event or job advertisement you would like us to post, please send us an email. 

Happy holidays!
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Recent Publications
Youth Detention Population in Australia, 2015
This bulletin from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) presents information on the youth detention population in Australia, focusing on quarterly trends from June 2011 to June 2015. There were fewer than 900 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2015, just over half (55%) of whom were unsentenced. Numbers and rates of young people in detention dropped slightly over the 4 years, but trends varied among the states and territories. Just over half (54%) of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

To read the full report, visit the AIHW website.
Methamphetamine in Brisbane: Perspectives from DUMA Police Detainees
Alexandra Gannoni, Susan Goldsmid & Eileen Patterson.
Research in Practice no. 45, Australian Institute of Criminology.

Methamphetamine is of national concern (ACC 2014), but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers? In real terms it means that frontline police are required, on an increasingly frequent basis, to engage with methamphetamine users. This presents a number of challenges to police. First, methamphetamine intoxication and withdrawal can impede an individual’s ability to follow police directions. Second, use is associated with behavioural and psychological disturbances, including aggression, which can increase the risk of harm for the police and members of the community. Third, the user is at increased risk of serious physical harms when in custody due to the effects of intoxication or withdrawal. Risks to the user may be exacerbated by physical exertion during interactions with police or due to use of restraint by police. Being armed with information about what methamphetamine is, the nature and extent of use of methamphetamine among Brisbane police detainees, and details of the Brisbane methamphetamine market can assist police to identify risks to themselves and others. 

Read the full article here.
The Social Supply of Cannabis among Young People in Australia
Simon Lenton, Jodie Grigg, John Scott, Monica Barratt and Dina Eleftheriadis. 
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 503, Australian Institute of Criminology.

Cannabis is the most prolifically used illicit drug in Australia, however, there is a gap in our understanding concerning the social interactions and friendships formed around its supply and use.

The authors recruited cannabis users aged between 18 and 30 years throughout Australia, to explore the impact of supply routes on young users and their perceived notions of drug dealing in order to provide valuable insight into the influence that reciprocal relationships have on young people’s access to cannabis.

Findings reveal that the supply of cannabis revolves around pre-existing connections and relationships formed through associates known to be able to readily source cannabis. It was found that motivations for proffering cannabis in a shared environment were related more to developing social capital than to generating financial gain. Given this, often those involved in supply do not perceive that they are breaking the law or that they are ‘dealers’.

This social supply market appears to be built on trust and social interactions and, as such, presents several challenges to law enforcement. It is suggested that there would be benefit in providing targeted education campaigns to combat social supply dealing among young adults.

Read the full article here.
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Upcoming Events
International Society for the Study of Drug Policy Conference 2016

Call for papers, panels and workshops 

The 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug policy (ISSDP) will be held in Sydney, Australia on 16 - 18 May, 2016. The conference is hosted by the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) which is part of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Australia. 

You are invited to submit an abstract for: 

  • A paper presentation (15 mins); 
  • A panel session (3-4 speakers on the same topic, 1.5 hours); 
  • A workshop (an interaction skills development opportunity, 1.5 hours). 
Abstracts are invited on alll aspects of drug policy but particularly on the conference themes, which inclued: 
  • Harm reduction: old, new and emerging forms of harm reduction; 
  • Drugs policy and its intersection with human rights and development; 
  • Indigenous peoples and illicit drug policy; 
  • Drug markets and policy responses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific; 
  • Drug user groups and drug policy: the role of consumers and other stakeholders; 
  • UNGASS 2016, and the international drug control system. 
For more information and to submit an abstract for a paper, panel or workshop, please visit the ISSDP website.

Submissions close: 15th January, 2016. 

Challenging the Mental Illness-Violence Nexus Conference 2016
Call for abstracts 

From violent offenders to victims of violence, workplaces to families to social settings - the connection between mental illness and violence has emerged as one of modern society's most difficult and confronting issues.

This conference will explore all aspects of the relationship between mental illness and violence, with emphasis on challenges, controversies, and complexities.  

The mental illness-violence nexus will examined across a range of thematic areas, including:
  • Mental illness as a risk factor for violence
  • Mental illness and violence in an operational policing context
  • Violence towards the self: suicide and self-harming behaviours
  • Schools, workplaces, and other institutional settings
  • Disability and carers
  • Ageing
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Links between mental illness, drug and alcohol misuse, and violence
  • Multi-agency responses to mental illness and violence, and ‘complex populations’
  • Promising practice and policy responses
  • Legal frameworks
The conference will be held from Wednesday 13 -  Thursday 14 July 2016, in Brisbane QLD. 

Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words to the Griffith University Violence Research and Prevention Program.

For more information about this event, please visit the Griffith University website.
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Job Advertisements
Lecturer in Criminology, Deakin University
Deakin University is currently advertising a Lecturer in Criminology (fixed term) position. The criminology team at Deakin has undergone considerable expansion in the past 5 years. Criminology is offered as a major in the Bachelor of Arts, as a stand-alone Bachelor of Criminology, and double degrees with Law, Forensic Science, Psychological Science and Infortmation Technology (Security). Each of these courses, with the exception of the Criminology/Forensic Science double degree, are offered at the Warnum Ponds, Geelong Waterfront and Melbourne (Burwood) campsues. 

Position description:

  • Teaching criminology at the undergraduate level that is consistent with the University's principles of teaching, learning and the student experience 
  • Developing learning environments that are flexible, student-centred and accessible, utilising appropriate technology 
  • Contributing to building an active (national) research record, including publications and the generation of external research income
  • Participating with colleagues in developing and maintaining links and partnerships with industry and the wider community. 
Salary range: 
$88,135 - $104,420 pa (plus 17% super) 

About the applicant: 
  • PhD in criminology or a related field (or equivalent) 
  • Ability to contribute effectively to the Faculty's undergraduate criminology program in a manner that influences, motivates and inspires students to learn
  • Ability to develop and administer assessment regimes and provide feedback that fosters independent learning
  • Ability to present research seminars and publish in reputed national and international journals 
  • Ability to contribute to the development and maitenance of partnerships with professional associations, the criminal justice sector and with domestic educational institutions. 
Applications close: Sunday 3rd January 2016. 

For more information and to apply, visit the Deakin University website.

For queries please contact Associate Professor Darren Palmer.

Policy and Project Officer, NSW Department of Justice
The Policy and Project Officer works in the Policy and Quality Assurance Team, Restorative Justice Unit and Forum Sentencing.  The team works on performance monitoring, reporting and program evaluation for programs and activities located in the Offender Management and Programs section.

The role works with the team to analyse and develop policies and procedures for Restorative Justice and Forum Sentencing initiatives and programs as required. The development of the policy is informed by contemporary research and best practice guidelines in restorative justice and other criminal justice intervention approaches.The position holder will develop monitoring and evaluation strategies and undertake research into restorative justice practices and trends. In addition, the position will also be responsible for the day-to-day management of databases, coordination of statistical data collection and preparation of reports and briefs. The Policy and Project Officer will undertake research and other projects concerning the operation and effectiveness of programs within the Restorative Justice and Forum Sentencing unit.
  • Ongoing full time position 
  • Location: Parramatta 
  • Clerk Grade 7/8, Salary ($88,015 - $97,426), plus employer;s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. 
Applications close: 21 December 2015, 11:59pm 

For more information on the application process, please visit the JobsNSW website.
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