21 March 2016
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Corrective Services, Australia, December Quarter 2015
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently released Corrective Services, Australia, December Quarter 2015. This quarterly report presents information for each state and territory. Information available includes: sex; age; imprisonment rates; legal status (sentenced, unsentenced); type of custody (secure, open); sentenced receptions; federal prisoners and type of community-based corrective services orders.

In the December quarter 2015, the average daily number of full-time prisoners in Australia was 37,109. This was an increase of:
  • 987 prisoners (3%) from the September quarter 2015; and
  • 2,462 prisoners (7%) from the December quarter 2014

In the December quarter 2015, the largest contributors to the national number of prisoners were:

  • New South Wales (12,210 persons or 33%);
  • Queensland (7,454 persons or 20%);
  • Victoria (6,319 persons or 17%); and
  • Western Australia (5,727 persons or 15%).

The average daily number of persons serving community-based corrections orders increased to 62,083 persons in the December quarter 2015. This was an increase of:

  • 2,091 persons (3%) from the September quarter 2015; and
  • 5,681 persons (10%) from the December quarter 2014.
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Recent Publications
Fraud within the Commonwealth: A census of the most costly incidents, 2010-11 to 2012-13
Penny Jorna and Russell G Smith

This paper from the Australian Institute of Criminology aims to provide a better understanding of the nature of internal fraud against the Commonwealth, and the personal background details of those alleged to have committed the deception. It reports on the results of an annual census of Commonwealth entities which collected information on the single ‘most costly’ incident of internal fraud that they experienced in 2010−11 to 2012–13. During these years, 137 Commonwealth entities reported 7,809 incidents of internal fraud. Of these, 125 chose one incident each year that they considered their most costly internal fraud. Information was provided on how and why fraud was committed, estimated financial losses involved, the personal circumstances of the principal alleged perpetrators, and how the incidents were dealt with in terms of investigation, prosecution and judicial outcomes. 
Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the Penal Landscape
Edited by Stephen Farrall, Barry Goldson, Ian Loader and Anita Dockley

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, Western societies entered a climate of austerity which has limited the penal expansion experienced in the US, UK and elsewhere over recent decades. These altered conditions have led to introspection and new thinking on punishment even among those on the political right who were previously champions of the punitive turn. This volume brings together a group of international leading scholars with a shared interest in using this opportunity to encourage new avenues of reform in the penal sphere.

More information on this publication is available here.
The Commodification and Exploitation of Fresh Water: Property, Human Rights and Green Criminology
Hope Johnson, Nigel South and Reece Walters

In recent years, both developing and industrialised societies have experienced riots and civil unrest over the corporate exploitation of fresh water. Water conflicts increase as water scarcity rises and the unsustainable use of fresh water will continue to have profound implications for sustainable development and the realisation of human rights. Rather than states adopting more costly water conservation strategies or implementing efficient water technologies, corporations are exploiting natural resources in what has been described as the “privatization of water”. By using legal doctrines, states and corporations construct fresh water sources as something that can be owned or leased. For some regions, the privatization of water has enabled corporations and corrupt states to exploit a fundamental human right. Arguing that such matters are of relevance to criminology, which should be concerned with fundamental environmental and human rights, this article adopts a green criminological perspective and draws upon Treadmill of Production theory.
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Upcoming Events
27th International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) Annual Meeting

The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) brings police researchers and practitioners together to facilitate cross-cultural, international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of the policing profession. It encourages discussions and writing on challenging topics of contemporary importance through an array of initiatives including conferences and publications. The theme for this year's meeting is 'Urban Security: Challenges for the 21st Century Global Cities'.

The Symposium will be held in Washington DC, USA from August 8 - 13 2016. For more information and to register, please visit the IPES website.

International Conference on CyberCrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF)
The International Conference on CyberCrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, B.C., from 12-14 June 2016.  

Keynote speakers for ICCCF 2016 include Benoit Dupont, Scientific Director of Smart Security Network, from the University of Montreal; Thomas Holt, an internationally recognized computer hacking and malware researcher from the University of Michigan; Susan Brenner, a professor of cyber law and technology at the University of Dayton, Ohio; and Gary Perkins, the Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer for the Information Security Branch of the B.C. Government.

For further information on the conference, and to register or submit a paper, please go to the official conference website.
Forensic and Applied Victimology Conference
This three day course will provide a holistic theoretical and practical understanding of the role of the victim in a variety of contexts. Participants will learn about an approach to understanding victimity through the lens of social science. 

Date: 13 - 15 May 2016
Time: 9am - 5pm 
Cost: $750 general registration (discounts for
students and groups of 3+) 
Location: Barton, Canberra 

Contact: Natasha Petroff for more details.
Call for Papers - European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

The 44th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control will be held in Braga, Portugal. Although economic crisis is a global phenomenon, southern countries of Europe have been particularly affected. In Portugal, for example, quality of life has considerably decreased and the crisis has intensified exclusion, homelessness, emigration and enforced poverty.  

Taking into account the different realities of the crisis in the countries of the global north and south, this conference calls for papers exploring various manifestations of the crisis in different sectors of the criminal justice system and other public services.

  • When: 1 - 3 September 2016
  • Where: University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.
The conference organisers welcome papers on themes which reflect the general values and principles of the European group. Please forward short abstracts of 150 - 300 words to the relevant stream coordinators by 31 March 2016. For information on the conference themes, please visit the European Group website.
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Job Advertisements
Casual Research Assistants, NSW Law and Justice Foundation

Working with policy makers and legal assistance service providers, the Foundation’s research team undertake innovative empirical research and quantitative analysis to support the delivery of effective and efficient legal assistance for the most disadvantaged in society. Key themes within the research program include:

  • Measuring and monitoring legal need and access to justice
  • Monitoring and evaluating services to assess how they can most cost-effectively meet the needs of disadvantaged clients
  • Identifying triggers and pathways to legal help seeking and problem solving
  • Assessing how services can best identify, measure and take account of client capability in their service provision
  • Reviewing and analysing court data.

The tasks will vary depending upon the research projects underway and the skills of the research assistant, but may include assisting with:

  • Data collection: e.g. transcribing from administrative records
  • Data cleaning and collation
  • Descriptive data analysis and presentation
  • Reviews of primary documentation, such as strategy documents
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative analyses
  • Preparation of presentations and other material

Skills and selection criteria:

  • A tertiary qualification in the social sciences, statistics, law or other relevant discipline
  • Experience using Excel, SPSS (or similar) and PowerPoint
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Willingness to work flexibly across teams as a supportive team member
  • Willingness and ability to work to agreed plans and deadlines
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Location:  Sydney
Salary:  Dependent on experience
Employment type: Casual
Closing date: as there is an immediate requirement for assistance, please send your application to hr@lawfoundation.net.au as soon as possible. However, applications will be accepted until May 5, 2016.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Public Health), University of Technology Sydney

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will use experience and knowledge of Health Services and Public Health to conduct and manage research, specifically focusing on vulnerable and underserved populations. The role will work in the areas of justice health, drug and alcohol and or Aboriginal health. Main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Undertake public health research programs in vulnerable populations with a focus on justice health, drug and alcohol and or Aboriginal health
  • Prepare research grant applications and tenders
  • Coordinate and prepare research protocols, ethics and data applications and reports
  • Supervise higher degree students
  • Translate and disseminate research findings in peer review, industry and government settings Contribute to and participate in research development activities.

Salary range: $95,559 - $109,348 pa (Level B). This appointment will be on a 3 year, fixed term basis. Applications close Thursday 24 March 2016. For more information, please visit the UTS website.

Client Support Worker, ALS Melbourne

As part of a Commonwealth funded project related to the National Disability Strategy, the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is seeking to employ an individual to provide decision-making support for people with cognitive disabilities who have been charged with an offence and are receiving legal assistance. Main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assist individuals with cognitive impairments who have been charged with a crime and who are receiving legal support from VALS.
  • Provide support to assist accused persons with cognitive disabilities in relation to criminal proceedings against them. Support a person to make decisions and participate meaningfully in legal proceedings.
  • Work effectively with VALS according to its values and aims to provide support to people with cognitive disabilities.
  • Develop resources for use by VALS staff to assist in providing legal services to people with a cognitive disability.
  • Report regularly to researchers and responsible VALS staff.

Applications close 1 April 2016. For more information, please see the job advertisement.
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