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BOCSAR Releases NSW Recorded Crime Statistics Quarterly Update March 2016
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released their quarterly crime statistics for NSW last week, which noted trends in NSW recorded crime over the 24 month period leading up to March 2016. The majority of crimes studied showed downward or stable trends, however two particular crimes showed upward patterns: stealing from a retail store rose 7.9% over the two years, while indecent assaults, acts of indecency and other sexual offences rose 8.4%. The offences which showed the most significant declines in reported crime were robbery without a weapon (down 23.3%), robbery with a firearm (38.7%), robbery with a weapon not a firearm (21.6%), break and enter dwelling (7.8%), break and enter non-dwelling (7.8%), and stealing from a motor vehicle (5.1%).

The Greater Sydney area also experienced rises in stealing from a retail store, which rose by 26.1% on the Central Coast, 32.4% in the Eastern Suburbs, 19.8% in the Outer West and Blue Mountains, and 40.9% in Sutherland. Other key increases included sexual assault in the City and Inner South as well as the Eastern Suburbs, which rose by 18.3% and 26.2% respectively, while indecent assaults in the Outer South West were up by 35.7%. The Northern Beaches also experienced a 36.3% jump in break and enter (non-dwelling) offences. However, almost half of the statistical areas in Greater Sydney experienced declines in break and enter (dwelling) incidents.

In areas outside of Greater Sydney, there were some key improvements in the Hunter Valley, which showed stable rates of robbery, break and enter (non-dwelling) and stealing from a motor vehicle after showing significant increases in all three in the previous reports. Significant growth however was noted in several areas across the state in crimes such as fraud and indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences.

Across the state, amphetamine possession and use rose 25% over the two year period, and while the rates are steadying, they remain at an "historically high level".

The full report can be found here.

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Recent Publications
New edition of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
The latest issue of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is now available. Volume 5, Number 2 is a Special Issue titled
“Fighting Feminism: Organised Opposition to Women’s Rights” and
features papers by international feminist scholars, including guest editor
Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz. It also includes a review of 'Sexting and Young People' (2015), a book written by local criminologists Thomas Crofts, Murray Lee, Alyce McGovern and Sanja Milivojevic.

To learn more about the journal and access the latest edition online, please follow the link.
‘Who is Diverted?: Moving beyond Diagnosed Impairment towards a Social and Political Analysis of Diversion’
Written by Linda Steele, Leanne Dowse and Julian Trofimovs
Published in Sydney Law review

Diversion from the criminal justice system pursuant to s 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) is increasingly being deployed as a key response to the issues facing people diagnosed with cognitive impairment and/or mental illness in the criminal justice system. The ‘medical model’ of disability, which is focused on disability as an internal, individual pathology, contributes to the marginalisation of people with disability, notably by providing a legitimate basis for the legal and social regulation of people with disability through therapeutic interventions.

The scholarly field of critical disability studies contests the medical model by making apparent the social and political contingency of disability, including the intersection of disability with other dimensions of politicised identity (such as gender and Indigeneity) and the role of law and institutions (including the criminal justice system) in the disablement, marginalisation and criminalisation of people with disability. Applying critical disability studies to s 32 problematises the characterisation of the legal subject with diagnosed impairment and this provides a new basis for questioning the coercion of people with disability through the criminal justice intervention of diversion.

An empirical analysis of the diagnostics, demographics and criminal justice pathways of a sample of individuals who have received s 32 orders provides some material foundations for a more politically and socially directed analysis of s 32 and for a broader reflection on the role of the criminal law in issues facing people diagnosed with cognitive impairments and mental illness in the criminal justice system.

This article can be read online here.

State Crime: the Journal of the International State Crime Initiative - Call for Papers

An upcoming special issue of this journal seeks to explore the relationships between state crime and colonialism. This includes both the historical experiences of colonialism and empire that underpinned the development of capitalism and the dominant Western states and modern manifestations of colonialism in places such as Australia and Palestine. The aim is to develop a dialogue about how understandings of state crime might further be developed and reformulated beyond contemporary human rights paradigms.

Potential topics include but are not limited to: colonial genocide and violence against Indigenous peoples; dispossession, displacement and the control of resources; colonial law and human rights; forced removal of children; colonial narratives of civilization, development and democracy; and resistance to colonial state crime.

All submissions will be subject to a full peer-review process. Initial submissions are due by the 31st of September 2016, with responses given by the 31st of December. The edition is aimed for publication in November 2017.

For further information, please email Michael Grewcock at m.grewcock@unsw.edu.au or visit the journal's website. Submissions should be send to journal@statecrime.org.

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Upcoming Events
Building Ethical Organisations Course: A Practical Guide to Corruption Prevention
Date:19th of July, 2016
Location: University of Sydney, NSW

Organisations exposed for their (or their employees') corrupt conduct can suffer irreparable reputational damage. We have recently seen corruption investigations in the private sector, public sector, the not-for-profit sector and even in the sporting arena.

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. Participants will examine organisational tools and techniques of corruption prevention in the three key good practice thematic areas, i.e., Prevent, Detect and Respond to corruption. This will include Codes of Conduct, Managing Conflicts of Interest, Corruption Risk Management, Whistle-blower mechanisms, Internal Investigations, Managing Gifts and Benefits and the challenges of working with people from one’s own community. Interactive activities will help the material to be tailored to the unique needs of the participants and their organisations.

For more information and to register, please follow the link.
Family Comes First: Implementing Family Intervention in Juvenile Justice

Date: 22nd of June, 2016
Location: University of Sydney, NSW

There are still places available for our seminar featuring Professor Chris Trotter and representatives from the Department of Juvenile Justice. The speakers will discuss the role of family relationships in reducing recidivism for young people, using the example of Juvenile Justice's Act Now Together Strong (ANTS) program as a case study. ANTS has been implemented in the Western Region of NSW - including Dubbo, Orange, Bourke and Griffith - and seeks to join Juvenile Justice staff with families to work collaboratively towards positive outcomes for young offenders.

Please join us for this first seminar of the 50th Anniversary 2016-2017 Juvenile Justice seminar series. For more information and to register for this free event, please follow the link.

10th ANZSOC Postgraduate and Early Career Research Conference
Date: 29th of November
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

The Postgraduate and Early Career Research Conference is a free event that provides a wonderful opportunity for postgraduate and early career researchers to present a short paper presentation (5 minutes) or a poster and network with their peers, as well as academics and professionals in the field of criminology.   

Supervisors are encouraged to recommend this event to their students as well as to any early career criminologists that they know. 

For more information or to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster, please follow the link.
Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Date: 24th-25th of November
Location: University of Sydney, NSW

In dynamic and uncertain environments a group of academics have emerged that seek to know more about how communities can overcome resource pressures and think creatively about addressing social and environmental problems. Join these like-minded academics at ANZTSR 2016 to present your own cutting edge research into the current issues and emerging trends facing the third sector, corporations and governments.

The theme of this year's conference is "Social justice, social enterprise and the market: Challenge or Opportunity?". Participants will explore some key questions: How management can contribute to society and the environment in innovative and sustainable ways while also addressing core skills and knowledge critical to the ever-expanding social economy?

Proposals for workshop sessions, panels and papers are invited. To learn more about the event or how to submit your proposal, please follow the link.

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Job Advertisements
Advanced Practitioner (Case Management) - Disability Justice, Melbourne

Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria Government

The Advanced Practitioner, Disability Justice provides case management support to people who have a disability and are involved in the criminal justice system. 

This includes:

  • Providing support to people with a disability to develop an individual plan utilising an individual planning and support approach.  At times, plans can be requested by the Court, The Adult Parole Board and the Youth Parole Board.
  • Supporting the individual with a disability to implement their plan and negotiate access to appropriate community and disability services.
  • Assist with pre and post release planning from custodial settings and also assist people with a disability who are on community orders.

This is a full time position with a salary between $61,611 and &77,498 plus super. 

Applications close on the 26th of June. For more information and to apply, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website

Director - Evidence to Action, ANROWS, Sydney
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

The position is part of the ANROWS senior executive team. It will lead the development and implementation of ANROWS's strategic vision and activities aimed at translating evidence to policy and practice in the area of violence against women and their children.

The position will coordinate the range of ANROWS’s Knowledge Translation and Exchange activities in collaboration with other members of the ANROWS leadership team; undertake management and supervision of relevant ANROWS staff; and support the CEO with strategic advice on organisational and violence against women issues.

The appointment is for the period from July 2016 until 30 June 2020. The successful applicant will be based in Sydney with some travel throughout Australia.

Applications close on the 26th of June. For more information and to apply, please follow the link.
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Student Opportunities
NSW Department of Justice Summer Clerkship
A summer clerkship with Justice Strategy and Policy provides a unique opportunity to be involved in formulating government policy, law reform and Parliamentary practice. Successful applicants will have hands-on involvement in a range of projects from civil to criminal law policy and legislation development. A summer clerkship with Justice Strategy and Policy is suited to students who enjoy working in a fast paced and dynamic workplace, have excelled in a variety of academic and non-academic fields, and are interested in pursuing a career in government or public policy.

Students who apply are expected to be in the penultimate or final year of their law degree. Applications open on 15 June 2016 and close on 17 July 2016. For more information, please follow the link.
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Awards and Grants
Institute News - Congratulations to Dr Garner Clancey
One of our Institute Members, Dr Garner Clancey, received the Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award last week from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZOC). This award is presented each year in recognition of the best publication or report in the area of crime prevention. Dr Clancey's paper, 'Some findings from an Australian local crime prevention case study', was published in Crime Prevention and Community Safety in 2015.

His recent success follows a long and outstanding career in criminology - Dr Clancey has worked as a crime prevention consultant (between 2002-2010), in criminal justice (including Juvenile Justice NSW and the NSW Police Force) and for alcohol and other drug agencies in NSW and England (between 1992-2002). He is now a Senior Lecturer in criminology at the University of Sydney.

This award is well-deserved and we congratulate Dr Clancey on his achievement. He will receive his award at ANZOC's annual conference in Hobart this November.
Nominations Open for the 2016 Justice Awards

Established in 1999, the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW’s annual Justice Awards recognise the contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. 

The Foundation is seeking nominations from the public in four Award categories: the Justice Medal, the Aboriginal Justice Medal, the Pro Bono Partnership Award, and the Law and Justice Volunteer Award. Nominees are invited as guests to a presentation dinner, where the winners will be announced. This year's dinner will be held on Thursday 13 October 2016, 6pm-10.30pm at the Strangers' Dining Room, NSW Parliament House, Sydney. Three other Awards will also be presented on the evening: Law Society President’s Award, Community Legal Centres NSW Award and LIAC Centre of Excellence Award.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm, Thursday 30 June 2016. To read the selection criteria and download the nomination forms, please follow the link.

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