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Our 'Family Comes First' seminar with Juvenile Justice was a huge success!

Last Wednesday we hosted a seminar in partnership with the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice regarding the use of family intervention programs in working with young offenders. In particular, the case study of Western NSW's ANTS (Act Now Together Strong) program was used to demonstrate the effects that family intervention initiatives can have on reducing youth offending and repairing family relationships.

The seminar was facilitated by Professor Murray Lee and included presentations from Dr Chris Trotter as well as Juvenile Justice staff Leonie Bender (Regional Director, Western NSW) and Craig Biles (Area Manager, Central West NSW). We were also lucky enough to hear from two Juvenile Justice caseworkers from the Dubbo region, as well as one of their clients, a mother whose son had greatly benefited from the ANTS program. This mother's personal story was a highlight for many who attended.

This range of perspectives allowed for fascinating insights into the successes and challenges of family intervention programs in Western NSW. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session where audience members were able to ask further questions about Juvenile Justice's important work in this area. We extend our sincere thanks to all of the speakers who travelled to Sydney to share their experiences and research, and to all of the audience members who attended.

Our next event will be our annual "Beyond Punishment" seminar, which is organised in partnership with the Department of Corrective Services NSW. It will focus on the use of pharmacology in the prison system to reduce offending. Further details about this event will appear in upcoming CrimNets.

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Recent Publications
Prison Privatisation in Australia: the State of the Nation

Associate Professor Jane Andrew, Dr Max Baker and Dr Philip Roberts

The aim of this project is to examine the costs, performance, efficiency and accountability of Australian private prisons. The project draws on publicly available data from a range of sources which include each State government treasury budgets, annual reports from private operators, inspectors, Ombudsman and Auditor Generals as well as research, media and independent inquiries. The project has developed the following outcomes:

1. A comprehensive database populated with publicly available data on private prisons within Australia.

2. A State of the Nation report which reviews the regulatory oversight and publicly available information on the costs, performance, efficiency and accountability of all private prisons on a state by state basis.

The project will inform the current and future debates surrounding State Government prison policy.

To learn more about this project or to read the report, "Prison Privatisation in Australia: the State of the Nation", please follow the link.

New Sentencing Snapshots for Burglary, Robbery, Causing Injury, and Drug Offences
Victoria's Sentencing Advisory Council has released new Sentencing Snapshots for 15 offences sentenced in the Victorian higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) for the five years to 30 June 2015.

The Snapshots include the type and length of sentences imposed for principal proven offences (i.e. the most serious offence in a case) and incorporate changes to sentence or conviction following an appeal. The Snapshots also include data on the most common co-sentenced offences and the average number of co-sentenced offences per case.

The Snapshots cover burglary and robbery offences, causing injury offences, affray, incest, trafficking offences, and cultivating offences.

Findings

Over the five years to 30 June 2015:
  • the median sentence of imprisonment was higher for a charge of aggravated burglary (2 years and 6 months) than for a charge of burglary (1 year and 3 months)
  • for offenders sentenced for a charge of robbery, the median term of imprisonment was 1 year and 6 months, half that for armed robbery (3 years). The longest imprisonment term for a charge of robbery was 5 years, and the longest imprisonment term for a charge of armed robbery was 14 years and 2 months
  • the majority of offenders sentenced for causing serious injury intentionally (89%) and causing serious injury recklessly (73%) received an immediate custodial sentence, but a significant percentage of offenders sentenced for causing injury intentionally (30%) and causing injury recklessly (41%) were sentenced to a community correction order
  • over 95% of the 130 offenders sentenced for incest received an immediate custodial sentence. The median term of imprisonment on the charge was 4 years and 6 months
  • the majority of trafficking cases sentenced in the higher courts involved non-commercial quantities of drugs (412 cases) rather than commercial quantities (152 cases) or large commercial quantities (61 cases). In contrast, substantially more cultivation cases in the higher courts involved commercial quantities of narcotic plants (414 cases) than non-commercial quantities (136 cases).

For more information and to read the full report, please follow the link.
Radicalisation theories, policing practices, and “the future of terrorism"?
Jeffrey Monaghan and Adam Molnar

This article explores how theories of radicalisation have placed an emphasis on the development of an indicators-based approach to identify individuals who might engage in politically motivated violence. We trace how policing agencies have juxtaposed the search for indicators as a defence against criticisms of racial profiling. However, through an analysis of Canadian counter-terrorism training programmes, we demonstrate that the search for radicalisation indicators reaffirms pre-emptive and discriminatory security practices. We insist that despite efforts to theorise radicalisation outside of the practices of the “war on terror”, current trends risk rationalising prejudicial policing that affirms social exclusion and injustice.

For more information and to access the article, please follow the link.
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Upcoming Events
New Professional Development Programs

From July to October, the Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney will be hosting a range of Professional Development Programs to help staff in the criminal justice field enhance their skills and knowledge in different areas. Following the success of our two most recent programs - on the Psychology of Crime and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design - we have announced the following upcoming programs:

Building Ethical Organisations Course - 19th of July
Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Course - 24th of August
Motivational Interactions Course - 29th of September
Psychology of Crime Course - 15th of October
Working with AOD Offenders Course - 18th of October

Our next course, Building Ethical Organisations, 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. To register or learn more about this course, please follow the link.

Tickets are still available for the 2016 Victims and Justice National Conference
Date: 8th and 9th of August, 2016 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.
For registration and more information, please follow the link.
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Job Advertisements
Legal Officer - NSW Government, Sydney
Criminal Law Tutor - Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW
The School of Law, Macquarie University, is looking for a new staff member to teach tutorial classes in Session 2 of 2016 for its undergraduate course 'Criminal Justice'. The role is suitable for someone who has an understanding of, and background in, criminal law and criminal justice. For more information about the position, please contact Associate Lecturer Elyse Methven at Elyse.Methven@mq.edu.au. Please send her a CV if you wish to apply for the position. Interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Principal Legal Officer - North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Darwin, NT
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Student Opportunities
Semester 2 Internships at the Sydney Institute of Criminology
Applications are open for the Semester 2 internship program at the Sydney Institute of Criminology. The Institute’s internship program is open to LLB, JD and Masters of Criminology students of the Sydney Law School.

The program is undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Three to four internship positions are currently offered for semester 2. Interns must be available to work 10 full days over that period. 

The internship program will be of interest to students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript, writing sample, and details of two academic referees to law.criminology@sydney.edu.au.

Applications for the semester 2 internship close at 5pm Friday 15 July 2016.

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Awards and Grants
Only one more day to nominate for the 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.
2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards
The annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. The awards encourage public initiatives, and assist governments in identifying and developing practical projects which will reduce violence and other types of crime in the community. This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year.

Any government agency, not-for-profit organisation or individual person making a significant contribution to a project in Australia can be nominated for an award. Projects may address specific groups
such as rural and remote communities, women, children, youth, family, migrant, ethnic or Indigenous communities, or specific problems such as alcohol-related violence.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 29 July 2016.
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