19 May
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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Recent Changes to NSW Prisons
Education in NSW Prisons may see some drastic changes this year, as NSW Corrective Services recently announced that they will be outsourcing education and training programs in prisons across the state. In a media release from last week, Corrective Services has stated that the changes will lead to "more than double the number of inmates completing literacy and numeracy courses and increase the number of vocational education and training activities by 20 per cent".

However, concerns have been raised regarding the employment of current teaching staff, with some reporting that despite an exploding inmate population, the number of full time teaching positions in prisons across NSW is due to fall from 152 to a mere 20. The NSW Teachers Federation has condemned the proposal, with Deputy Secretary Maxine Sharkey calling it a "disaster for the gaol system where literacy and numeracy is desperately needed and where qualified teachers have been making a vital contribution to the rehabilitation of inmates".

Additionally, earlier this month reports emerged stating that one of Sydney's oldest gaols, the Long Bay Correctional Complex, will soon close and be replaced by a larger prison in Sydney's South West. However, the exact location and expected number of inmates to be housed in this new gaol are yet to be confirmed. 
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Recent Publications
Serious Crime Prevention Orders
Chris Angus, NSW Parliamentary Research Service 

On 22 March 2016, Minister for Justice and Police, Deputy Premier Troy Grant introduced the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016, introducing a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) regime into NSW. SCPOs are control orders that could be made by the NSW Supreme and District courts against certain individuals or organisations in order to prevent, restrict or disrupt their involvement in serious crime-related activities and terrorism offences. The proposed SCPO regime is influenced by measures introduced in the United Kingdom through the Serious Crimes Act 2007, which has recently been expanded into Scotland.

This e-brief focuses on the second Bill. It summarises existing organised crime laws in NSW. It then outlines the proposed SCPO regime in NSW, including the process for making orders, restrictions that can be placed on offenders, and penalties for breaches, as well as a comparison with the UK’s SCPO regime. The paper also details criticism of the UK regime, and comments by the Government in support of its effectiveness.
Sentencing Outcomes for Firearms
Tom Gotsis, NSW Parliamentary Research Service 

This paper sets out the recent history of firearms offences, including the origins of the Firearms Act 1996 in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre. It then outlines the distinction between non-strictly indictable and strictly indictable firearms offences, and considers the significance of that distinction on the sentencing of firearms offences. The role and effect of standard non-parole periods on the sentencing of firearms offences is also considered. Sentencing statistics for firearms offences are then presented.

The paper further provides a discussion of the objectives and main features of the recent amendments to firearms offences that were introduced by the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Act 2015 and the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Act 2015. 
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Upcoming Events
2016 Victims and Justice National Conference
Date: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August 
Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground 

When victims are asked what they want from our criminal justice system, they often respond that they just want 'justice', but what does justice really mean for victims in the 21st century?  

The media often portrays justice simply in terms of harsher prison sentences and victims, by implication, as wanting retribution. Victims of crime however, have a broader and deeper view of what justice means to them. It is widely accepted that victims want to be included in the justice process and to be treated with respect. Yet is procedural justice more important to victims than the outcome? Is restorative justice or retributive justice?

This conference takes a critical look behind these slogans and asks what research and practice are really telling us. Considering the diversity of people as victims and the wide range of offences they experience, what are ways forward? Academics, practitioners and policy-makers will explore ways to move beyond debate to future pathways.

Featuring internationally renowned key note speakers, Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers from the University of Montreal (Canada) and Professor Jonathan Doak from Durham University (UK), together with leading Australian academics and practitioners, this conference will explore what about justice matters to victims in the 21st century and how to get there.

For more information, please visit the conference website.
Criminology and Criminal Justice Professional Development Programs
The Sydney Institute of Criminology, in partnership with the Centre for Continuing Education, is pleased to announce a series of upcoming criminology and criminal justice professional development courses. These short courses seek to provide industry-relevant skills and to explore relevant criminal justice practice issues. The following exciting courses are scheduled for the coming months:
  1. Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Course - 27 May 2016. This one-day course will be delivered by a staff member from the NSW Corrective Services Academy and will focus on practical skills required to work effectively with domestic violence offenders.
  2. Motivational Interactions Course -  2 June 2016. This course will be delivered by a staff member from the NSW Corrective Services Academy and focus on practical methods of applying motivational interviewing techniques.
  3. Building Ethical Organisations Course - 19 July 2016. This course will provide a practical introduction to building an integrity framework for an organisation.
  4. Working with AOD Offenders Course - 20 July 2016. This course will be delivered by a staff member from the NSW Corrective Services Academy and will focus on practical skills required to work effectively with alcohol and other drug dependent clients.
Call for papers: 4th Annual International Conference on Forensic Science - Criminalistics Research
Date: 14 - 15 November 2016 
Location: Bangkok 

Annual International Conference on Forensic Science – Criminalistics Research (FSCR) aims to bring together leading academics, scientists, researchers and scholars across the globe to exchange and share their experiences and research findings about all aspects of Forensic Criminalistics.

The conference theme will cover Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Sciences amongst other related research areas.

Submissions close: 6 June 2016. 

For more information please visit the conference website.
Understanding Radicalisation
The School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, is delighted to present a one-day Seminar and Workshop with Levi West, Director of Terrorism Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security.  This will take place in the Uni Hall, University of Wollongong, on Friday 20 May, commencing at 9am (with registrations at 8.30am).

Levi West has an extensive background in national security focused academia, with a focus on non-State violence, insurgency and terrorism. He currently directs a post-graduate coursework program at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, as well as undertaking research in the areas of terrorism and national security.  He has previously lectured at the National Security College at the Australian National University; at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College; at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia; and has been a Visiting Fellow in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism at the Indian National Police Academy. 

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.
From Evidence to Practice: The 2nd Australasian Youth Justice Symposium
Date: 13 - 15 September 
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Informed by the Principles of Youth Justice in Australia, the conference will be held in Brisbane from 13-15 September 2016, and will be of great interest to researchers, policy makers and practitioners from government and non-government sectors.

For more information and to register please visit the conference website.
Challenging the Mental Illness-Violence Nexus
Date: 13 - 14 July 2016 
Location: Mercure Brisbane, Brisbane CBD 

From violent offenders to victims of violence, workplaces to families to social settings - the connection between mental illness and violence has emerged as one of modern society's most difficult and confronting issues. This conference will explore all aspects of the relationship between mental illness and violence, with emphasis on challenges, controversies, and complexities.  
The draft program is available here.

For more information and to register please visit the conference website.
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Internship Opportunities at UNICRI/United Nations - Fall 2016
12 internship openings are now available at UNICRI Headquarters in Turin and Liaison Office in Rome, Italy, to commence from September 2016.    
Doing an internship at UNICRI is an opportunity to have first-hand experience of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations and to work with people in a multicultural environment. In the past year, interns at UNICRI were from over 10 countries and were actively involved in the implementation of projects related to different working areas of UNICRI - spanning from international criminal law and cybersecurity to preventing environmental crimes, violent extremism, CBRN threats and drug addiction.

Currently we are accepting applications for internships in the following UNICRI units/programmes:
  • Office of the Director (1 position)
  • Office of the Senior Programme Officer (1 position)
  • Emerging Crimes (1 position)
  • Counter-Terrorism (1 position)
  • Advanced Education and Training (1 position)
  • Public Information (1 position)
  • CBRN Risks Mitigation (2 positions)
  • Liaison Office in Rome (4 positions)
Deadline for applications is 5 June 2016.

For more information, please visit the UNICRI website.
Senior Project Officer, Corrections Victoria
Corrections Victoria is currently seeking a Senior Project Officer to join its Modelling, Analysis and Statistics Branch. This is a new position.

The successful applicant will be responsible for analysing and interpreting complex datasets about prisoners and community corrections offenders, preparing detailed research and analytical reports and briefings for senior management, and managing projects from design through to their successful completion within required timelines.

For more information, visit this website.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 24 May 2016.
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