9 May
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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Youth Justice in Australia 2014 - 15
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has recently released Youth Justice in Australia 2014 - 15. There were about 5,600 young people (aged 10 and older) under youth justice supervision in Australia on an average day in 2014–15, due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. This number has decreased by 23% over the 5 years to 2014–15. Almost 900 (16%) young people under supervision on an average day in 2014-15 were in detention; most (about 4,800 or 85%) were supervised in the community. More than half (54%) of those in detention were unsentenced. Around 4 in 5 (82%) young people under supervision on an average day were male. Although rates of supervision decreased over the 5-year period for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people, the level of Indigenous over-representation increased.
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Recent Publications
Card fraud in Australia
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported that Australia experienced card fraud of $2.1 billion during 2014-15, double the $1 billion in 2010-11. 

William Milne, Director of the ABS National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics said even after reimbursements from financial institutions, total out of pocket losses at the time of the survey added up to $84.8 million. In the 12 months prior to interview in 2014-15, an estimated 1.6 million Australians experienced personal fraud, or 8.5% of the population aged 15 and over. This is an increase from the proportion of persons who experienced personal fraud in 2010-11 (6.7%).

Read the full publication here.
The 'focal concerns' of parole board decision-making: A thematic analysis
Following the high-profile murder of Jill Meagher in Victoria in 2012, parole is once again a provocative topic in Australia. While there is a developed scholarly literature on decision-making in other criminal justice areas, less attention has been paid to parole board decision-making. The study discussed in this article begins to address this gap in the literature through a thematic analysis of publicly available parole release decisions made by the Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia in 2013. Specifically, this study tests the viability of the focal concerns perspective as a conceptual framework for understanding parole board decision-making. Its analysis reveals that focal concerns relating to offender blameworthiness, community protection and practical constraints are evident in parole release decisions, albeit in a modified form from sentencing research to reflect the backend process of parole. In particular, decisions consistently project a strong sense of offender change. This article presents the study and discusses implications of these findings with respect to the use of the focal concerns perspective in parole research.

The full-text is available here.
Criminalising Bribery in a Corporate World
This article explores how society defines acts of bribery and whether the demarcation between acts of official bribery and acts of commercial bribery retains any relevance in a world where public services are increasingly privatised and delivered by corporate actors. It examines the modern construction of bribery offences through the lens of legal moralism and liberalism to determine whether there are sufficient grounds to justify the imposition of criminal sanctions on persons and corporations who engage in such conduct. Next, it outlines the bribery laws in the United Kingdom compared with laws in Australia and discusses possible law reforms to tackle commercial bribery, as distinct from official bribery, in Australia.

The full-text is available here.
Call for Authors: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse
The Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse (IJC) is calling for authors for its Indigenous justice publication program.

The IJC develops and publishes briefs which provide an overview and analysis of key Indigenous justice issues in Australia and New Zealand. In April 2016, the IJC is calling for expressions of interest from experienced researchers who can complete a brief in one of the following areas:
  • Mental health and cognitive disability and the criminal justice system
  • Justice Reinvestment
  • The intergenerational effects of incarceration.
Authors are paid $5,000 for completion of a 3,000-5,000 word IJC publication. Interested authors are encouraged to download the Terms of Reference and submit an Expression of Interest by 5pm Friday 13 May 2016. Indigenous researchers are warmly invited to apply. Extensions may be provided on request.

Download the information package at: http://indigenousjustice.gov.au/news.html#callForAuth. For more information email ijc@agd.nsw.gov.au or call 02 8346 1743. 
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Upcoming Events
"Rack 'em, Stack 'em and Pack 'em": Decarceration in an Age of Zero Tolerance
The Sydney Institute of Criminology is pleased to present this lecture in a series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. Join us as Dr Don Weatherburn of the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) reflects on Australia's growing prison populations. This event will be chaired by Professor Eileen Baldry from the University of New South Wales. 

About the lecture: 
In the 66 years between 1918 and 1984, the Australian imprisonment rate rose by just 13 per cent. In the 29 years that followed, it more than doubled. Australia now has more than 36,000 people behind bars. Our imprisonment rate exceeds that of Canada, the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The Indigenous imprisonment is now more than 45 per cent higher than it was at the time of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The rate of female imprisonment has quadrupled since 1982.  This paper considers how we got to this point, what costs and benefits we've accrued along the way, and what measures might be effective in reducing rates of imprisonment.   

Date: Wednesday 11 May 
Time: 5:30 pm registration, 6pm - 7:30pm lecture 
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
More information is available via our website.
'Tainted Love': A Symposium Exploring the Reality of Romance Fraud
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported that $8 million was lost to romance fraud by Australians in 2014, making it the highest category of financial loss across all fraud types. Given the known low levels of reporting for this crime type, this figure is unlikely to represent the true extent of harm incurred by romance fraud.

Despite the magnitude of these losses, romance fraud remains somewhat of a hidden problem in society. Many victims are unable to disclose their situation to those around them, for a variety of reasons including the associated shame and stigma of this crime type.

Join with us for this important symposium, hosted by the Crime and Justice Research Centre, QUT, which seeks to explore issues surrounding the prevention and support of romance fraud victims. 

Confirmed speakers for the event:

Sharon Armstrong – New Zealand campaigner and advocate for romance scam victims, she was herself caught up in a fraudulent relationship which led to her imprisonment in an Argentinian jail for attempting to traffick drugs. Sharon will share her personal story.

Delia Rickard – Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Delia will share details of work being undertaken by the ACCC in seeking to prevent and educate consumers on romance fraud.

David Hillyard – Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection, Department of Commerce, Western Australia. David will share the success of “Project Sunbird” which is a collaborative initiative with the West Australian Police, targeting online fraud, including romance.

Detective Sergeant David Dunn – Team leader, Fraud Prevention Unit, Fraud and Cyber Crime Group, Queensland Police Service. David will share the experience of the QPS in establishing the first face-to-face support group dedicated to fraud victims, many who have experienced romance fraud.

Dr Cassandra Cross – Senior Lecturer, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Cassandra will share some insights taken from romance fraud victims, based on a recent research project which examined the reporting experiences and support needs of online fraud victims in Australia. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (AEST) - Add to Calendar

Owen J Wordsworth Room, S Block Level 12, QUT Gardens Point Campus - 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 - View Map

Register your attendance here.

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Lecturer in Security Studies, Macquarie University
The Department of Security Studies and Criminology currently has an opportunity for a Lecturer in Security Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to research in one or more of the following areas: intelligence studies, terrorism studies, peace-keeping, as well as security and strategic studies; develop, teach and convene units in one or more of these areas at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, while supervising Higher Degree Research students. The applicants will also be expected to make an active contribution to the administration of the Department, Faculty and University.

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More information is available here.

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