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Sydney Institute of Criminology
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NSW terrorism bill impacts children
Earlier this month, new anti-terrorism legislation passed the NSW Legislative Assembly without amendment. Under the Terrorism (Police Powers) Amendment (Investigative Detention) Bill 2016, children as young as 14 could be detained for up to 14 days and questioned for up to 16 hours a day, without receiving access to lawyers or their families.

The purpose of the bill is to “assist the NSW Police Force to respond to and prevent terrorist acts by authorising the arrest, detention and questioning of any person who is suspected of being involved in a recent or imminent terrorist attack”, said Premier Mike Baird during the Bill’s second reading speech. President of the Law Society of NSW Gary Ulman has stated "We are very concerned that these extraordinary provisions could apply to minors. It does not appear that sufficient consideration has been given to the potential psychological impact on children of such detention". 

The NSW laws are likely to be used as a basis for nationally consistent laws in line with an in-principle agreement at the most recent Council of Australian Governments meeting.
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Recent Publications
Marginalisation, Managerialism and Wrongful Conviction in Australia
Joseph MacFarlane and Greg Stratton 

Wrongful convictions have become a growing area of concern among legal scholars, reflecting the success of the global innocence movement that aims to exonerate factually innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit. While research into wrongful conviction has focused on specific errors such as investigator misconduct, witness misidentification or false confessions, less attention has been given to the role of race and class in leading to these errors. This article raises these issues and the concern as to how Indigenous Australians may be particularly vulnerable to wrongful conviction as a function of a managerialist approach to criminal justice prioritising efficiency, expediency and risk management over due process. The adoption of such an approach has not only exacerbated Indigenous persons’ overrepresentation, but has also heightened their vulnerability to miscarriages of justice. The vulnerability is largely due to issues of cross-cultural communication, often negative interactions with police, and increasing difficulty in accessing adequate legal representation. This article argues that wrongful convictions, much like other features of the criminal justice system, are likely to disproportionately affect people belonging to typically marginalised social groups.
Mexican drug cartels and dark-networks: an emerging threat to Australia's national security
Anthea McCarthy-Jones 

Over the past decade Mexican drug cartels’ power and the violent struggles between them have increased exponentially. Previously Mexico, and in particular the border regions with the US, were the key battle grounds for control of distribution routes. However, today Mexican drug cartels are now looking abroad in an attempt to extend their operations. This expansion has seen several cartels moving into lucrative international markets in Europe and the Asia Pacific.

It is in this context that Australia has now become a target of several Mexican cartels. They have already established linkages in the Asia Pacific and are further attempting to strengthen and expand these — with a particular focus on penetrating the Australian market. These developments show how Mexican drug cartels operate as ‘dark-networks’, successfully creating a global system that seeks to capture new markets, and further extend their control and dominance of the flow of illicit drugs around the world.

View the paper here.
Child sexual abuse in Fiji: Authority, risk factors and responses
John Whitehead and James Roffee 

While child sexual abuse is a problem worldwide, the risk factors for the perpetration of child sexual abuse within Fiji are unique in their relation to the traditional and communal nature of Fijian society. In this article, culturally relevant dynamic risk factors found within contemporary Fijian society are identified and understood alongside static factors contributing to abuse. Although there have been recent changes to sexual offence legislation and traditional criminal justice system responses to victims of sexual abuse, statesanctioned responses continue to maintain victimising practices. Equally, the relative rural isolation means many Indigenous Fijian (iTaukei) communities continue to use customary restorative justice practices that may marginalise the rehabilitation of victims and offenders for the communities’ benefit. However, a culturally specific amalgamation of traditional criminal justice and customary restorative responses may help to create more holistic protection for survivors of child sexual abuse in Fiji.
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Upcoming Events
Family Comes First: Implementing Family Intervention in Juvenile Justice
The goal of family intervention programs in juvenile justice is reducing recidivism through enhancing family relationships. By aiming services at families who would benefit from assistance in providing more effective parental guidance of children and young people, the Act Now Together Strong (ANTS) program seeks to join Juvenile Justice staff with families to work collaboratively towards positive outcomes for young offenders. ANTS has been implemented in the Western Region of NSW, including Dubbo, Orange, Bourke and Griffith. This seminar will explore the recent evaluation of ANTS, asking, what are the benefits of ANTS? Are the benefits region specific? Can they be extended to other areas, and how? This seminar will hear from Professor Chris Trotter who has been instrumental in evaluating the ANTS program, with further key insights from Juvenile Justice Staff.

Please join us for this first seminar of the 50th Anniversary 2016-2017 Juvenile Justice seminar series, examining the possible futures of juvenile justice family intervention programs.

Professor Chris Trotter - Director of the Monash University Criminal justice Research Consortium 
Leonie Bender - Regional Director, Juvenile Justice, Western Region, NSW. 
Craig Biles - Area Manager, Juvenile Justice, Central West, Dubbo. 
Jason Coyle - Juvenile Justice Caseworker, Dubbo, NSW. 

Date: 22 June 2016
Time: 6pm - 8pm (registration and refreshments from 5:30pm) 
Venue: Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building, University of Sydney. 

This event is sponsored by Juvenile Justice NSW and hosted by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School.

2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Sydney Institute of Criminology. Founded in 1966, the Institute has maintained a commitment to critical dialogue on criminal justice matters throughout the past 50 years. This event celebrates the relationship the Institute of Criminology has with external criminal justice stakeholders and its ongoing commitment to criminal justice research, policy and debate.

For more information and to register, please visit the Sydney Institute of Criminology 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.
Crime Prevention and Communities
The Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Police Service are hosting Australia’s third major Crime Prevention and Communities conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3-4 November 2016.

This important conference, Innovative responses to traditional challenges, will inform local government, urban planners, policy makers, police, criminologists, non-government community organisations, researchers and students about best practice, policy, evaluation and research. The conference will feature speakers from contributors a range of crime prevention projects and programs.

For more information visit crimeprevention2016.aic.gov.au
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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Job Advertisements
Executive and Research Assistant, Australian Human Rights Commission
Grade: APS Level 3/4
Salary: $53,775 to $66,351pa plus 15.4% super
Applications close: 31 May 2016. 

The Commission is looking to fill several Executive and Research Assistant positions in our Executive Unit. They will be filled on a non-ongoing basis for up to 12 months, with the possibility of ongoing employment arising during this time. More information about the position and duties is available here.
Lawyer Level 2, Director of Public Prosecutions NSW
The NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecution is looking for experienced and motivated senior litigators and lawyers with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to join the ODPP.

These senior roles have a wide variety of responsibilities including;
  • assessing briefs of evidence received from police and other investigating bodies as to the sufficiency of evidence and appropriate charge/s;
  • negotiating with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system;
  • conducting hearings and undertaking advocacy work in the Children’s, Local, District and Supreme Courts;
  • preparing advice and representing the Director in higher courts particularly the appellate courts.
Employment conditions include:
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Structured Performance Plan
  • Attractive remuneration package up to $126K. 
Applications close: 5 June 2016. 
Visit the Jobs NSW website for more information. 
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