27 January 2016
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Western Australia's rapidly increasing remand population
The rapidly increasing remand population in Western Australia's prisons is the subject of a report released by the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services

Inspector Neil Morgan has stated: 

‘A quarter of WA’s prisoners have not yet been sentenced, and the vast majority have not even been convicted. These 1450 people are in prison because they are awaiting the outcome of court cases. Given that the presumption of innocence underpins our legal system, everyone should be concerned that this figure is so high.

It is also very hard to understand why the number of people held on remand has more than doubled in the past six years, when the sentenced prisoner population has grown by only 13 per cent. We found that the number of people appearing before the courts has increased, and that the average number of charges they face has also increased. However, this does not explain why remand numbers have blown out so dramatically compared with sentenced prisoner numbers.’

The report also found differences between gender. In mid-2009, approximately equal proportions of men and women were on remand. The situation has changed, with close to 30 per cent of women in prison now on remand, compared with 25 per cent of men.
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Recent Publications
Characteristics of Prolific Offenders in NSW
Dr Paul Nelson
Issues Paper No. 112. 
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 

This report explores the conditions and diseases experienced by prisoners; compares, where possible, the health of prisoners to the general Australian community and provides valuable insight into the use of prison health services. New to the 2015 report are data on the disabilities or long-term health conditions of prisoners entering the prison system (prison entrants), self-assessed mental and physical health status of prisoners and data on smoke-free prisons. 


The Challenge and Promise of Using Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism: A Call for Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement to Enhance Public Safety
David Schanzer, Charles Kurzman, Jessica Toliver and Elizabeth Miller
Triangle Centre on Terrorism and Homeland Security Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

According to the report, the US strategy to prevent homegrown extremism through community policing holds promise, but faces significant challenges and needs reform. The report states that community policing strategies promote collaboration between police and communities to solve problems that undermine public safety, and such strategies could help preent extremism but are being employed by less than half of police agencies.


Do we need more police, or are there better ways to cut crime?
Rick Sarre
The Conversation

This article raises the question 'Do we have enough police in Australia to manage our security needs?'
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Upcoming Events
The Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference 2016
The Griffith Criminology Institute, in partnership with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), invites policy makers, practitioners and researchers to attend the 3rd Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference, held in Brisbane for the first time, from 18 - 19 February 2016.

Keynote presenters include: 
  • Professor Todd Clear, Rutgers University Newark 
  • Professor Gloria Laycock, University College London
  • Associate Professor Belinda Lloyd, Monash University 
  • Dr Don Weatherburn, NSW BOCSAR
For more information and to register, please visit the Griffith University website.


Batiba Guwiyal ‘Extinguish the Flame’ Tackling the Impacts of Child Sexual Assault in Indigenous Communities
The Conference will be held from 29 February - 2 March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

The Conference theme, 'Extinguish the Flame',  references the role that we all have to play in extinguishing the pain that the impacts of child sexual assault on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities across the country. 

For more information, please visit the Batiba Guwiyal website.


Call for Papers - "Crises, Economy and Punishment: The influence of the Great Recession on crime and penality" International Conference
This international two-day conference will be held from 15 - 16 September 2016 at the University of A Coruna Law School, in A Coruna Spain. 

Keynote speakers include Professor Russell Hogg (QUT) and CJRC Adjunct Professors Patricia Faraldo and Maximo Sozzo. 

Papers on a wide range of issues that encompass the broad theme of Crises, Economy and Punishment: The influence of the Great Recession on Crime and Penality, particularly on the themes of: 
  • Economic crises, crime and punishment. 
  • Contemporary economic transformations and the evolution of crime and penality. 
  • Great Recession, crime and penal policies. 
  • Economic crisis and penal resources: Public sector cuts and privitisation. 
  • Economy, culture, politics and punishment: Dialogues and conflicts.
Abstract guidelines:
  • Proposals should be titled and should not exceed 250 words.
  • Please include the proposer’s name and contact details along
    with his or her university affiliation.
  • Please submit abstracts via email.
  • The papers presented at the workshop may be eventually published in a book containing the workshop proceedings.

Submissions close 5 April 2016.

For more information, please visit the conference website.


Criminal Law Conference in Laos 2016
The Legal Eagles Continuing Education for Criminal Lawyers, Criminal Law Conference will be held from 15 - 20 September in Luang Prabang, Laos. The theme of the conference is It's all about the evidence

For more information on the conference program and to register, please visit the Legal Eagles CLE website.


European Society of Criminology Conference 2016
The 16th Annual Conference of the ESC will take place in Muenster, Germany, from 21 - 24 September 2016. 

The annual conferences of the Society provide an opportunity for the members to present papers on the results of their own research projects as well as learn about the research being done elsewhere in Europe. The conferences are also an occasion where the members can meet each other and discuss on mutual research interests; the meetings have already proved to be an important platform for new pan-European research initiatives.

For more information, please visit the Euro Crim 2016 website. 


ANZSOC 2016
The 29th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart from 29 November to 2 December 2016.

A welcome reception for delegates from across Australia and internationally, and a one day postgraduate conference, will be held on Tuesday 29 November 2016.

The theme of the 2016 Conference is ‘HORIZON CRIMINOLOGY’. Looking over the horizon there are challenges for criminology and criminal justice requiring innovative interpretations and creative responses to the past, present and future.

The program will include a wide range of plenary sessions, interactive workshops, round-table sessions, presentations and seminars, shaped to enhance and inform around this theme.

For more information, please visit the ANZSOC 2016 website.


Is there a popular misconception about crime you would like to get rid of?
Dr Richard Evans, Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University is seeking responses from criminal justice scholars and professionals on popular misconceptions about crime, risk, justice or punishment for his upcoming book. 

The working title of the book is Zombie Criminology. It is intended to be lively and accessible to the general reader, and its purpose is mythbusting, a counter to the almost universal misunderstandings of crime and offending which are generated by popular media. 

While Dr Richard Evans already has a list of 'zombie ideas' he is keen to hear any responses from CrimNet readers. To make a submission, please get in touch via email.
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Job Advertisements
PhD Scholarship in Criminology

As part of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington offers one PhD Thesis in Criminology Scholarship. The thesis will examine issues of human rights, culture and criminal justice. In particular, the thesis will focus upon how Maori understand and facilitate human rights in relation to either offenders/prisoners or children in trouble. 

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meed the academic requirements for enrolment in the Criminology PhD programme. Maori students and those with an interest in critical qualitative methodologies are particularly encouraged to apply. 

New PhD applicants should complete the PhD Admission and Scholarship application online. Students must already have an offer of place to be eligible for the scholarship. 

The total value of the scholarship is $25,000 plus tuition fees each year. Commencement date in early 2016 is negotiable. The PhD must be completed by May 2019. 

Closing date for applications is 1 March 2016.

For any enquiries on the scholarship or the wider project, please contact Dr Elizabeth Stanley


Program Manager, Offender Management Development Branch
The Offender Management Division of Corrections Victoria (CV) is responsible for managing the movement of prisoners through the system, for reducing reoffending by assessing risk to inform case management and intervention pathways and for delivery of programs and services that engage offenders in positive behavioural change and ensuring that all programs are delivered to the highest standards and consistent with best practice.

Working within the Offender Management Development Branch (OMDB) of the Offender Management Division of CV, the Program Manager will
  • Define and lead the MI integration strategy across CV. This strategy will identify, implement and manage the training, coaching, fidelity and sustainability measures necessary for successful integration.
  • Be responsible for managing the procurement activities, contract management, scheduling and record keeping related to delivery of MI training across prisons and Community Correctional Services (CCS).
  • Deliver MI training, coaching and supervision as required. 
  • Ensure comprehensive evaluation of MI integration efforts
The following will be considered as highly regarded: 
  • Qualifications or equivalent experience in delivery of MI training 
  • A degree in an appropriate discipline such as psychology or criminology 
  • An understanding of working within a correctional environment
For more information and to apply, please visit the Department of Justice and Regulation website.

Salary range: $86,493 - $104,650. 

Applications close 7 February 2016. 


Postdoctoral Research Assistant, International Anti-Corruption Academy
The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an intergovernmental organisation with a global constituency, headquartered in Laxenburg/Vienna. The institution aims to overcome shortcomings in knowlegde and practice in the field of anti-corruption and compliance, functioning as a centre of excellence in education, training, networking, and cooperation, as well as academic research. 

The main duties of the position include:
  • To undertake research leading to influential publications and substantial contributions in the fields of colelctive action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption. 
  • To develop and implement new research methods and materials to support innovative approaches. 
  • To regularly write research articles at an international level for peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and reviews, and to present papers at international conferences and seminars. 
  • To substantially support the development and implementation of IACA programmes, and activities with a special focus on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption. 
  • To contribute to the design and delivery of IACA's academic degree and (executive) education programmes. 
  • To engage in policy analysis and provide advice.
  • To obtain research funding.
For more detailed information about the selection criteria, please visit the IACA website.

Salary 74,385 EUR. 

To be successful in this role you will have:
  • A doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent qualification) in social sciences, economics, finance, (business) ethics, (business/international) law, management, or other relevant law and/or social science field. Preference will be given to applicants with a previous clear focus on ethics, compliance and anti-corruption. 
  • At least five years of scholarly experience in the fields of compliance, public policy, economics, Finance, (business) ethics, (business/international law), management, or other related field. 
  • A sound publication record in refereed journals. 
  • Sound knowledge of international academic standards and frameworks.
  • A proven potential and willingness to undertake original research of significance to the field of collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption and to attract research funding in these areas. 
Applications close 19 February 2016. 


Postgraduate Research Assistant, International Anti-Corruption Academy
The main duties include: 
  • To undertake research leading to a valuable PhD/doctoral thesis in the field of collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption, by - inter alia - developing research questions, analysing detailed and complex qualitative an/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, and generating original ideas. 
  • To write research articles at an international level for peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and reviews, and to present papers at international conferences and seminars, if requested. 
  • To develop and implement academic and non-academic programmes and activities with a special focus on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption. 
  • To contribute to the design and delivery of IACA's academic degree and (executive) education programmes. 
  • To obtain research funding and explore opportunities for future funding.
For more detailed information about the selection criteria, please visit the IACA website.

Salary 65,651 EUR. 

To be successful in this role you will have:
  • Relevant research expertise as demonstrate by (at least) a completed master thesis, published or forthcoming books, or articles in refereed journals, as relevant to the candidate's field, including at least one scholarly article on a topic of compliance or anti-corruption. 
  • A coherent plan of research spanning the duration of the fellowship, which can either be the development of a PhD/doctoral work on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption or, incase the incumbent holds a PhD already, a postdoctoral research study, which promises to make a valuable contribution to the field. 
  • Abilitiy and willingness to pursue and complete the PhD/doctoral thesis or postdoctral research study while working full time at IACA. 
  • At least two years of scholarly expeirence in the field of compliance, public policy, economics, finance, (business) ethics, (business/international) law, management, or other relevant law or social sciences field. 
Applications close 19 February 2016.
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