18 January 2016
Sydney Institute of Criminology
CrimNet is an electronic criminal justice information network, sponsored by the Sydney Institute of Criminology. It aims to fulfil the need for a means of regular and instant communication between criminal justice professionals, practitioners, academics and students in Australia and overseas.
Australia's Prison Numbers
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released it's annual report Prisoners in Australia, 2015. The key findings report shows that Australian adult prison numbers have continued to rise, with a 7% increase from 33,789 prisoners at 30 June, 2014 to 36,134 at 30 June, 2015. The national imprisonment rate for 2014 - 2015 was 196 prisoners per 100,000 adult population. 

The number of unsentenced prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 21% from 8,213 prisoners at 30 June, 2014 to 9,898 at 30 June, 2015. 

The full report is available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
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Recent Publications
Can child protection data improve the prediction of re-offending in young persons?
Clare Ringland, Don Weatherburn and Suzanne Poynton 
Crime and Justice Bulletin No. 188.
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 

To determine whether the inclusion of child protection data improves the ability to predict re-offending in young persons with few prior formal contacts with the criminal justice system.

A cohort of young persons who had their first, second or third formal contact with the criminal justice system (i.e., police caution, youth justice conference, or court appearance) in 2011 or 2012 were identified in the Re-offending Database maintained by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. For these young persons, NSW Department of Family and Community Services provided data relating to risk of significant harm (ROSH) reports and out-of-home-care (OOHC). Models predicting re-offending using demographic and criminal history variables were developed and compared with models that also included child protection information. Separate models were developed for males and females, as well as for the subgroup of young persons having their first contact with the criminal justice system.

While some variables relating to ROSH reports and OOHC data were significant predictors of re-offending, the inclusion of child protection data did little to improve the ability to predict re-offending within 12 months in young persons with few prior formal contacts. Models with and without child protection data were similarly poor at predicting those who would go on to re-offend.

Read the full report here.

Sentencing Guidance Consultation Paper Released
The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has released a consultation paper to assist stakeholders in making a submission in relation to the reference on sentencing guidance, announced by the Attorney-General on 24 November 2015.

The terms of reference require the Council to consider the most effective legislative mechanism to provide sentencing guidance to the courts in a way that:
  • Promotes consistency of approach in sentencing offenders; and
  • Promotes public confidence in the criminal justice system.
In addition to providing advice on the type of guidance that should feature in a new sentencing scheme, the terms of reference seek the Council’s advice on which offences should be subject to such a scheme, and the appropriate levels for those offences.

The Council invites submissions on the questions in the consultation paper, and any other issues raised by the terms of reference, by Friday 29 January 2016.

State Crime Journal - Call for Papers
This special edition of State Crime on 'Post-Conflict' Reconstruction, the Crimes of the Powerful and Transitional Justice looks to:
  • Establish 'post-conflict' reconstruction as a distinct criminological focus; and 
  • Explore how discussion of socio-economic and structural justice within the transitional justice field can address past ruptures and prevent future patters of offending and abuse. 
The Editors welcome submissions that examine: 
  • How and why 'post-conflict' reconstruction processes create fertile conditions for further corruption and violence; 
  • Frameworks and mechanisms that can be appropriated to contest criminogenic reconstruction processes and support structural justice processes; 
  • The intersections between 'post-conflict' socio-economic or structural justice and existing economic, political, cultural and state structures; and 
  • The relationship between transitional justice processes and economic imperatives. 
Submissions close 15 August 2016.  

Please direct queries and submissions to Mark Evenhuis.

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Upcoming Events
University of Central Lancashire 'Rethinking Cybercrime' 2016

The conference willl be held on Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 June 2016 at the University of Central Lancashire's Preston City Campus, UK.

The theme of the conference is to critically examine the current ‘state of play’ in global Cybercrime in relation to a diverse range of issues including terrorism, online sexual predation, property/identity theft, cyber-bullying, virtual criminology, cyber-security and trolling, in tandem with attempts to ‘rethink’ ways in which we might conceptualise theoretical developments, inform social and educational policy, respond to threats and prevent and combat online criminal behaviour. 

The conference themes include: 

  • The emergence of ‘Virtual Criminology’
  • The growth of cyber-space as a major site for crime and moral transgression
  • Cyber-terrorism and role of the internet in radicalisation
  • Identity theft and online fraud
  • Intellectual Property Crime
  • Online sexual predation & grooming
  • Surveillance, monitoring and privacy
  • Effectiveness of law and order agencies to control cybercrime
  • Security services [private and government]
  • Hate Crime and hate speak
  • Trolling and anti-social behaviour
  • False accusation and defamation
  • Social networking and deviance
Call for abstracts
Please submit a 300 word abstract for a paper or poster presentation containing the following: 
  • The title of the abstract;
  • The name of the author/presenter, institution represented, postal address and email address; and
  • The name of the primary contact person for conference information

Submissions close 1 March 2016. 

For more information, please visit the UCLan website.

The American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting 2016
The ASC Annual Meeting will be held from Wednesday 16  -  Saturday 19 November 2016, in New Orleans, LA.

The conference themes include:
  • Perspectives on Crime and Criminal Behaviour 
  • Correlates of Crime
  • Types of Offending 
  • Victimology 
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Practice 
  • Policing 
  • Juvenile Crime and the Justice System 
  • Perceptions and Responses to Crime and Justice 
  • Global perspectives 
  • Methodology
A detailed list of conference sub-themes is available here.

Call for abstracts 

The ASC is welcoming abstracts for the 2016 Annual Meeting for the following: 
  • Complete Thematic Panel 
  • Individual Paper Presentation
  • Author Meets Critics 
  • Poster Presentations
  • Roundtable Sessions
Submission deadlines:
  • 11 March 2016 for thematic panels, individual papers, and author meets critics' sessions
  • 13 May 2016 is the deadline for the submission of posters and roundtable sessions
For more information and submission guidelines please visit the American Society of Criminology website.

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Job Advertisements
Manager Conferencing Unit, Courts Administration Authority South Australia
​The Manager Conferencing Unit, reports to the Registrar, Youth Court and is responsible for providing strategic management, policy development, program design and leadership for the effective management and operations of programs within the Conferencing Team.  The role is responsible for management and implementation of service delivery of family conferences, family care meetings and Aboriginal conferences across South Australia.  The Manager Conferencing Unit is accountable to the Senior Judge for direction on professional matters.

Appropriate tertiary qualifications in community services, sociology, criminology, justice, correctional practice, social sciences, human services, health or related field is essential. A current driver’s licence is essential.
  • Ongoing full time position 
  • Level PO4 - $96,484 pa - $105,468pa + superannuation 
Applications close 27 January 2016.

For more information on the application process, please visit the Courts Administration Authority of South Australia website.

Criminal Lawyer, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
The purpose of this position is to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

  • Appear as an advocate in vairous courts including the Children's Court Criminal Division, Magistrates Court, County Court and Koori Courts in order to represent clients of VALS in criminal matters.
  • Deliver a quality legal service by conducting casework in criminal law matters for members of the ATSI community.
  • Participate in the on call after hours roster and provide emergency advice to members of the ATSI community in Victoria. Further, ensure all VALS clients are represented whilst in custody.
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required.
  • Participate in case-planning meetings with the criminal law section weekly.
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organizations with whom VALS interacts.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
VALS 3 ($57,632 - $72,514)
Location: Melbourne

Applications close 22 January 2016.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne
The School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne is seeking a committed, engaging teacher and researcher to take on a Level B or C Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology position. You will have specific expertise in one or more of the following areas: victimology, youth crime, gender and crime, prisons, corrections and policing. The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology will be responsible for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and will assist in the development of new subjects as appropriate. You will also be required to supervise RHD students.

You will be expected to make a significant contribution to the research reputation of both the Criminology discipline within the School and the Faculty of Arts more generally, and you will undertake research resulting in publications with leading publishers in the field. You will foster engagement links with external networks/partners both nationally and internationally and will take on administrative tasks associated with the appointment.

Salary range: 
$92,654 - $110,022 p.a. - Level B 
$113,496 - $130,866 p.a. - Level C 

Applications close 24 January 2016.

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

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Auckland
The Disciplinary Area of Sociology at The University of Auckland invites applications for a Lectureship/Senior Lectureship position in Criminology, ideally commencing 1 July 2016. They are seeking someone with a strong record of criminological research, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an interest in contributing to a growing and vibrant disciplinary area. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a permanent (tenure track) position.

Applicants should have a PhD in Criminology or a related discipline and demonstrate a critical approach to the study of social structures and criminal justice institutions. They should have a strong background in teaching and a research profile with peer-reviewed publications in their specialist area/s. Interest and/or experience in Maori and Pasifika concerns, especially in relation to the criminal justice system, is desirable. Areas of expertise are open, but the University particularly welcomes applicants who specialise in the areas of social justice, indigenous or cross-cultural criminology, or who have interests in the Asia/Pacific region.

Applications close 15 February 2016. 

Please direct all queries to the University of Auckland Recruitment Team.

For more information please visit the University of Auckland website.

Sessional Teacher - Justice Programs, Swinburne University
The Department of Business and Finance is currently seeking a Sessional Vocational Education (TAFE) Teacher - Justice Programs.

As a Vocational Education teacher, your role will also include providing administrative elements for the efficient and effective operation of the teaching department, from course enquiry/advice through to assessing and determining the training requirements of students.

The successful applicant will teach the following courses: 
  • Mondays - 22199VIC Certificate IV in Justice 
  • Wednesdays - 22197VIC Diploma of Justice
Please note: applicants who can only teach either Monday or Wednesday are encouraged to apply. 

To be successful in this position you will need:
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
  • Working With Children Check or evidence of application/exemption.
  • Recent vocational experience relevant to the nominated teaching programs. 
  • Demonstrated excellence or capacity to implement high quality approaches in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated experience or capacity to structure learning experiences which develop students’ vocational and generic skills.

Sessional VE (TAFE) Teacher: $61.88 to $64.31 per hour.
Location: Melbourne

Applications close 31 January 2016.

For more information please visit the Swinburne University of Technology website.

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