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Only two weeks until our Building Ethical Organisations Course!
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.

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.

Following the success of our two most recent programs - on the Psychology of Crime and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design - we have also announced the following upcoming programs:

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

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Recent Publications
Engaging with Ethics in International Criminological Research
Edited by Michael Adorjan, Rose Ricciardelli

Despite a voluminous literature detailing the procedures of research ethics boards and institutional ethical review processes, there are few texts that explore the realpolitik of conducting criminal research in practice. This book explores the unique lived experiences of scholars engaging with ethics during their criminological research, and focuses on the ethical dilemmas that researchers encounter both in the field and while writing up results for publication. Who benefits from criminological research? What are the roles and impacts of ethics review boards? How do methodological and theoretical decisions factor in to questions of ethical conduct and research ethics governance?

Drawing upon the experiences of international experts, this book aims to provoke further reflection on and discussion of ethics in practice. This book is ideal for students undertaking courses on research methods in criminology, as well as a key resource for criminology researchers around the world.

For more information and to purchase the book, please follow the link.
Findings on Community Corrections Order Use Post Boulton v The Queen

A new report has found that Victoria’s first guideline judgment has resulted in courts imposing more imprisonment sentences combined with a community correction order (CCO). The report, Community Correction Orders: Third Monitoring Report (Post-Guideline Judgment), examined how Victoria’s criminal courts used the CCO in the 12 months following the guideline judgment issued by the Court of Appeal in Boulton v The Queen on 22 December 2014.

The guideline judgment emphasised the capacity of the CCO to be a punitive sanction, both when imposed as a sentence in its own right and when imposed in combination with imprisonment.

The clearest effect of the guideline judgment on broad sentencing trends has been on the volume of CCOs imposed in combination with imprisonment. These CCOs are served by offenders after the prison component of their sentence has been completed. Between the December quarter of 2014 and the December quarter of 2015, the percentage of all offenders who received this combined order increased from 1.7% to 2.4% in the Magistrates’ Court, and from 12.2% to 25.8% in the County and Supreme Courts.

In 2015, there was an increase in the use of the CCO as a sentence in its own right – particularly in the Magistrates’ Court where an additional 2,760 offenders received a CCO. This increase was driven by the courts’ use of the CCO as a replacement for suspended sentences. Following their abolition in the Magistrates’ Court for any offence committed on or after 1 September 2014, the use of suspended sentences in that jurisdiction fell from 5.2% of all sentences in the September quarter of 2014 to 0.6% of all sentences in the December quarter of 2015.

The report can be read in full here.

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Upcoming Events
Citizens, Criminologists and Wayfarers: On Crime in the "Open City"
Date: Thursday 18th August 2016, 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts, University of Melbourne

Alison Young will be delivering a public lecture to inaugurate the Francine V. McNiff Chair in Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, entitled 'Citizens, Criminologists and Wayfarers: On Crime in the "Open City"'.

The city has long been a space of industry, commerce, pleasure and connection. Cities are also places that require defence, their territories vulnerable to outsiders; and a city was declared ‘open’ when its defenders conceded it for occupation by enemy attackers. Contemporary societies still fear the ‘open city’, less as a result of enemy incursion than as the effect of unstable social relations within the city. Criminology attempts to understand how crime takes place in the ‘open city’, but has been unsure whether crime is a symptom, cause, or indicator of the precariousness of urban relations. This lecture investigates ways in which anxieties about the vulnerability of the open city dominate social, legal and political responses to crime. By walking through the changing neighbourhoods of the city, it proposes ways in which we can encounter crime in urban environments as citizens, criminologists and wayfarers, and argues for a more complex understanding of openness in the contemporary city.

To learn more about the event and to register, please follow the link.

Monsters, Rebels, and Queers: Justice and the Outsider
Date: Monday 15th August, 3:00-6:00pm
Location: QUT Gardens Point, Brisbane QLD

While those considered outside of the ‘normal’ have long been marginalised and stigmatised, some have also been seen as hopeful figures. Outsiders can illuminate the limits of our thought and of the ‘human’, and, as such, can challenge these limits, producing social, cultural, and political change.

The papers in this symposium will look at outsiders in many guises – monsters, rebels, and queers – particularly across pop culture, celebrity, literature, crime, and justice. The presenters will not only examine the ways in which these figures illuminate forms of government and normalisation, but will also explore the variety of transgressive and transformative possibilities each of these figures holds. Doing so will allow us to think in new ways about achieving justice in our society, particularly through critical, feminist, and queer politics.

Presentations in this symposium will include: 

  • " Scary Monsters: The Hopeful Undecidability of David Bowie" by Professor Alex Sharpe, Keele University
  • "Monstrosity, Mutation and the Female Grotesque in the Novels of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson" by Dr Karin Sellberg, University of Queensland
  •  "The Familiar Stranger: David Bowie and the Discursive Formation of Celebrity" by Dr Kiley Gaffney, QUT
To register for this free event, please follow the link.
Free Crime Fiction Lecture
Date:Friday 8 July, 12.30pm
Location: State Library of New South Wales

Join Alistair Rolls for the Second Annual Lecture of the Fergus Hume Society, 'Double Murder! Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab and Crime Fiction's Poetics of Mobility'.

The Fergus Hume Society was incorporated with the aim to facilitate and promote engagement – for enjoyment, scholarship and research – with the life and works of Fergus Hume.

Alistair Rolls is Associate Professor of French Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research interests focus predominantly on French crime fiction but extend to crime fiction more broadly. His books in the area include French and American Noir: Dark Crossings(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), which he co-authored with Deborah Walker, Paris and the Fetish: Primal Crime Scenes (Rodopi, 2014) and Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator (Intellect, 2016) which he co-edited with Rachel Franks. He is currently co-leading, with Jesper Gulddal, the ‘Detective Fiction on the Move’ network at the University of Newcastle.

The Lecture will be followed by the launch - by Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian - of: Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator, Alistair Rolls and Rachel Franks (Eds).

To register, please follow the link.
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Applications close on the 15th of July, 2016. To apply, please follow the link.

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New Campaign for Australian Prison Documentary
'Prison Songs' is a ground-breaking documentary that gives voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples imprisoned in a Darwin jail. Incarcerated in tropical Northern Territory, over 800 inmates squeeze into the overcrowded spaces of Berrimah Prison. In an Australian first, the inmates share their feelings, faults and experiences in the most extraordinary way – through song.

Prison Songs’ Impact Campaign is ambitious, exciting and collaborative.
It has the support, involvement and trust of one of the strongest coalition of partners Australia has seen.  Change the Record (www.changetherecord.org.au) is a coalition of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights, legal and community organisations calling for urgent and coordinated national action to close the gap in imprisonment rates and cut disproportionate rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly women and children.

To be a part of Prison Songs’ campaign, visit www.prisonsongs.com.au and register your interest in hosting a screening.  Alternatively, contact Julie Buxton directly on +61 403 461 244.

A clip of the film can be viewed here.
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Call for Abstracts
AIC Crime Prevention and Communities Conference 2016
Date: 3rd-4th November 2016
Location: Brisbane

The deadline for abstract submissions to the Australian Institute of Criminology's Crime Prevention and Communities Conference has been extended to the 14th of July.

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, including Professor Anna Stewart of Griffith University and Chief Rob Davis of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Canada. 

The conference organisers are looking for best practice, policy, research underpinnings and evaluation from contributors across a range of crime prevention projects and programs to inform local government, urban planners, policy makers, police, criminologists, non-government community organisations, researchers and students.

Subthemes include but are not limited to: domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, vulnerable communities (including Indigenous, elderly, CALD, and people with a disability), mental health and links to the community, crime prevention through environmental design, and situational crime prevention. To submit an abstract, please follow the link.
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