22 February 2016
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Recent Publications
The Recidivism of Homicide Offenders in Western Australia
Roderic Broadhurst, Ross Maller, Max Maller and Brigitte Bouhours

Popular perceptions concerning the recidivism of extremely violent offenders - in particular, homicide offenders - are contradictory. Perceptions vary from one extreme - that such offenders rarely commit further violent offences - to the opposite end of the spectrum, where it is thought that they remain high risks on release from custody. The present study, the first of its kind in Australia, draws on the records of persons arrested in Western Australia over the period 1984-2005 to provide accurate measures of the recidivism of this small but potentially dangerous group, and to make rigorous comparisons between specific types of homicide offenders. The full article is available here.


Decolonizing policing: Indigenous patrols, counter-policing and safety
Amanda Porter 

This article examines the everyday operation and politics of Indigenous patrols, community-run initiatives with formal agendas that focus on keeping young people safe and preventing contact between young people and the state police. Specifically, it presents fieldwork findings and interview data conducted over three years on various patrols across New South Wales, Australia. In this article, patrols are used as a lens through which to critically examine contemporary issues in the policing of Indigenous Australian communities and as a way of exploring what it means to decolonize the institutions and activities of policing. The research findings demonstrate the complexity of processes of decolonization and raise broader questions concerning how knowledge is produced about Indigenous communities, both by governments and within academia. The full article is available here.


Ending 'revenge porn': how can we stop sexual images being used to abuse?

Asher Flynn, Anastasia Powell and Nicola Henry 

With a Senate inquiry into "revenge porn" due to report, the authors argue that the focus must be on changing the law to better protect victims. The full article from The Conversation is available to read here.

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Upcoming Events
Building Ethical Organisations Course: A Practical Guide to Corruption Prevention
The Sydney Institute of Criminology and the Centre for Continuing Education are pleased to announce the Building Ethical Organisations Course: A Practical Guide to Corruption Prevention. 

This course provides a practical introduction to building an integrity framework for an organisation, which not only addresses anti-corruption regulatory requirements but shows how organisations can develop an asset in the market place that money can’t buy, that is, an ethical reputation.

Date: Tuesday 19 July 2016
Time: 9 am - 5pm 
Cost: $240 
Location: Sydney University New Law School Annexe 

For more information, please visit the Centre for Continuing Education website.


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

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.


European Society of Criminology Conference
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. 
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Job Advertisements
Law and Justice Projects Manager, NAAJA
The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) provides legal services for Aboriginal people in the Top End of the Northern Territory, with offices in Darwin and Katherine. NAAJA is seeking a Law & Justice Projects Manager. The right candidate will have high level policy and strategic thinking skills; experience in leading and managing a diverse team and excellent communication skills 
  • Appointment Type:  full-time 
  • Applications close 28 February 2016 
Selection criteria and application information is available here.


Associate Director - Management Consulting (Justice and Security), KPMG
KPMG is currently looking for an Associate Director to join the Justice and Security team. KPMG works with a range of departments and agencies in the justice sector, including police, correctional services, court services, immigration, and emergency services. KPMG help clients solve complex policy, operational, governance and economic issues affecting the delivery of justice services to the community. The projects KPMG undertake include:
  • Strategic advice on policy, structural and governance reform options
  • Policy and system reviews
  • Service and incident reviews
  • Program evaluations
  • Advice on operational improvement and demand management
  • Assistance with business case development
  • Development of cost and economic models
Selection criteria and application information is available here.


Legal Policy Officer, Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria

Criminal Law Review is seeking a motivated and capable person with highly developed analytical and research skills to be part of a significant area of policy development.

The role focuses on rationalising and clarifying criminal laws and conducting substantive reform to a wide range of laws, particularly in the areas of jury directions, criminal offences, criminal procedure and investigation powers.

Your role will be to research, consult and develop policy options and legislative proposals. You must have experience in practising criminal law or developing legal policy or researching the law. Excellent oral and written communication and consultation skills are essential.

  • Salary range: VPSG5 $86,492 - $104, 650
  • Appointment Type:Full time
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Applications close 23 February 2016 

For more information, please see the job advertisement.


Assistant Manager (Aboriginal Identified), NSW Juvenile Justice Community Office
The primary purpose of this role is to direct and control resources and service delivery  functions of a community office, leading a team providing services directly to youth justice conferencing clients, victims of crime, court mandated young people and their family.
  • Salary range: Grade 8 $94,423 - $97,426 
  • Appointment Type:  full time, up to 31 December 2016
  • Location: Kempsey
  • Applications close 6 March 2016 
Selection criteria and application information is available here.

PhD Scholarship, Monash University
Expressions of Interest are sought for one remaining competitive scholarship to undertake full-time PhD research at Monash University as part of a Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) commencing 18 May 2016 (or earlier).

The project investigates Crime and Victimisation on Public Transport.  Customer research regularly suggests that the sense of personal security is important in making travel choices. But public transport is just part of a wider experience of public spaces.
  • What shapes the perceptions of personal security when travelling on public transport?
  • Do perceptions differ between users and non-users?
  • How are those perceptions affected by the media?
  • What would be the most cost effective ways to lift perceptions?
Supervised by Dr Anna Eriksson anna.eriksson@monash.edu, Criminology, Social and Political Sciences HDR Program.

For more information, please visit the Monash University website.

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