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Canberra Considers Creating a Supervised Injecting Room for its Prisoners
News emerged last week of a potential new program aimed at managing prison drug use and inmate health in Canberra's Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre. A working group is proposing that the gaol creates a supervised injecting room and a prison needle exchange program with the aim of improving prisoner health and reducing the spread of blood-borne diseases, despite a long history of opposition from prison staff and the ACT government. Over the coming weeks, this working group plans to liaise with prison staff and other stakeholders to determine the more specific features of such a model before the staff vote on its implementation.

This program, if it goes ahead, could be the first of its kind in Australia, as no other prisons around the country appear to offer needle and syringe exchanges. The proposal comes at an important time as infections continue to spread in Australian prisons. For example, around half of the inmates in NSW have a history of drug injection, compared with about 0.5% in Australia's general population. Around 30% of injecting drug users in Australian gaols share needles, and for every 100 inmates with a history of drug injection, 14 become infected with Hepatitis C each year. A lack of access to sterile needles in the prison environment therefore poses a great risk of contracting blood-borne illnesses not only to other inmates, but also to others who they may potentially infect following their release.

Creating a space where medical supervision over the injection process could take place could also have benefits in reaching inmates who may not otherwise seek help. ACT Corrections Minister Shaun Rattenbury has said about the proposal, "Our primary focus in developing a needle and syringe program is to reduce the spread of serious blood-borne viruses among detainees. Direct distribution by nurses or doctors through an injecting room model could allow for personal contact with prisoners and the opportunity for health professionals to provide qualified medical advice to detainees." However, the working group acknowledges that for such a program to ever be effective, it will require the support of officers in the centre. While prison staff are being included in the design of the program and will ultimately vote to determine its future, Community and Public Sector Union ACT regional secretary Vince McDevitt has acknowledged that there is currently no way of knowing what the outcome of the upcoming staff vote will be.
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Recent Publications
Liquid Criminology: Doing Imaginative Criminological Research
Edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Sandra Walklate

This book explores the ways in which criminological methods can be
imaginatively deployed and developed in a world increasingly characterized by the blurred nature of social reality. Whilst recognizing the importance of positivist approaches and research techniques, it advocates a commitment to understanding the ways in which those techniques can be used imaginatively, at times in combination with less conventional methods, discussing the questions concerning risk, ethics and access that arise as a result. Giving voice to cutting edge research practices both in terms of concepts and methods that shift
the criminological focus towards the kind of imaginative work that comprised the foundations of the discipline, it calls into question the utility and credentials of mainstream work that fails to serve the discipline itself or the policy questions allied to it. A call not to ‘give up on numbers’ but also not to be defined by statistics and the methods that produce them, Liquid Criminology sheds light on a way of doing research for criminology that is not only creative but also critical. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, criminology and social policy with interests in research methods and design.

For more information or to purchase the book, please follow the link.
The drugs made me do it: can prescription side-effects be an excuse for crime?

By Arlie Loughnan, University of Sydney

This article, featured in The Conversation, explores the relationship between prescription drug use and criminal responsibility. Using recent case studies as examples, it shows the varying responses courts around the world have had to cases where an offender has attempted to use their prescription drug use as a legal defence. The article also discusses the relationship between intent and intoxication, as well as the effect that social and moral condemnation of drug use may have on sentencing.

Arlie Loughnan is an Associate Professor in law at the University of Sydney. Her research concerns criminal law and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the relationship between legal doctrines, practices, institutions and knowledge. Her particular interests are constructions of criminal responsibility and non-responsibility, the interaction of legal and expert medical knowledges and the historical development of the criminal law.

The article can be read here.

Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows?
By Matthew Ball

This book offers critical reflections on the intersections between criminology and queer scholarship, and charts future directions for this field. Since their development over twenty-five years ago, queer scholarship and politics have been hotly contested fields, equally embraced and dismissed. Amid calls for criminology and criminal justice institutions to respond more effectively to the injustices faced by LGBTIQ people, criminologists have recently developed a Queer Criminology and turned to queer scholarship in the process. 

Through a sweeping analysis of critical criminologies, as well as issues as varied as shame and utopian thought, Matthew Ball points to the many opportunities for criminology to engage further with the more politically disruptive strands of queer scholarship. His analysis highlights that criminology and queer theory are 'dangerous bedfellows', and that navigating the tension between them is central to confronting the social and criminal injustices experienced by LGBTIQ communities. This book will be of particular interest for scholars of criminology, criminal justice, LGBTIQ studies, gender studies and critical theory.

For more information or to purchase the book, please follow the link.
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Upcoming Events
Making a difference through social research on prisons, health and justice: Eileen Baldry in conversation with Carla Treloar
Date: 10th August, 4-5pm
Location: UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney, NSW

Throughout her career, Professor Baldry has worked to bring attention to the complexity of people's lives in the equally complex criminal justice system. Homelessness, mental health, cognitive disability, experiences of Indigenous people and transitions from prison are some of the areas Eileen's academic and advocacy work has drawn attention to. But, what works? What makes a difference? What can we ask of criminal justice systems to address seemingly intractable injustices? 

Professor Eileen Baldry is Academic Chair of the UNSW Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board and Professor of Criminology at UNSW Australia, where she is also a member of the Management Board. She researches and teaches in the areas of Criminology and Social Policy, in particular in regard to vulnerable people in criminal justice systems. She has been, and is, Lead and Chief Investigator on numerous major grants from the ARC, NHMRC and other funding bodies and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed books, articles and reports. She is involved in a voluntary capacity with development and justice community agencies, is a board member of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Deputy Chair of the NSW Disability Council. She is a past recipient of the NSW Justice Medal.

Professor Carla Treloar is Director and Head of the Hepatitis Research group at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia. She has been a member of the NSW and Australian Ministerial Advisory Committees and numerous advisory committees for government, health agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Refreshments will be provided after the seminar. Registrations are essential and can be made here.
The Poverty to Prison Pipeline: Has the Adversarial System Passed its Use-by Date?
Date: 8th August 2016, 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Flinders University, Adelaide, SA

Flinders University's Centre for Crime Policy and Research is hosting a free public lecture by Rob Hulls. The lecture is about the relationship between poverty and incarceration, and how legal systems can adapt to provide fairer outcomes for offenders from low socio-economic backgrounds.

This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. To register, please visit the event's website.

Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Course
This year, the Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney has hosted 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 on working with domestic violence offenders will be held on the 24th of August. This criminology course forms part of a partnership between Corrective Services NSW and the Sydney Institute of Criminology. This collaboration provides training courses to equip criminology students (and students from related disciplines) and those interested in a career in the criminal justice system with industry-relevant knowledge and skills.

The training is designed to provide participants with the appropriate skills and knowledge to work effectively with domestic violence offenders and effect behavioural change and manage personal development in the field.

This criminology course will assist you to:
  • work within a domestic violence framework.
  • promote confidence with clients affected by domestic violence.
  • identify and respond to client needs.
  • develop and maintain professional competence.
  • establish and maintain professional relationships.
  • encourage personal responsibility.
  • monitor and review progress.

The full-day event will also cover models of intervention, motivational interactions and offence mapping. This criminology course will specifically provide participants with information and tool work with and manage domestic violence offenders. This course will be delivered by an accredited Corrective Services NSW Trainer. It will be especially relevant to anyone interested in a career in corrections or working with domestic violence perpetrators.

To register for this event, please visit this website.

Our next events include:
Motivational Interactions Course - 29th of September
Psychology of Crime Course - 15th of October
Working with AOD Offenders Course - 18th of October

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.
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Job Advertisements
Case Manager- Youth Justice, Adelaide, SA
HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve) is looking for a new Case Manager for their Youth Justice department. This service provides case management and skill development group programs to assist young people with a history of offending to address their non-vocational barriers and criminogenic needs, to access and maintain safe and stable housing and to engage in education, training or employment. 

The successful applicant will:
  • Provide intensive case management and develop and facilitate group programs.
  • Have a high level of motivation and excellent skills in engaging young people.
  • Have experience working with young people in a professional capacity (essential) and knowledge of the youth justice sector (highly desirable).
  • Work collaboratively with other organisations and build professional relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Hold a degree in human services professions such as social work, psychology, criminal justice or similar.
  • The ability to report to external stakeholders and internal management in a timely and professional manner.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Work, Psychology, Social Science, Counselling, Occupational Therapy) or willing to work towards same.
  • Experience in engaging and working with young people who are disadvantaged by homelessness, an offender history, family breakdown, poverty or lack of education.
  • Experience in conducting client assessments, developing case plans and writing case notes and reports.
  • Experience in delivering group programs.
  • Experience in collaborating successfully with a variety of key stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes for clients.
For more information and to apply, please follow the link.
Domestic & Family Violence Case Manager - Sydney, NSW
Women’s & Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is an independent, community based service in the Inner City and Inner West for women (with or without children) and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. WAGEC has recently secured After Hours Domestic Violence Enhancement funds for a 2-year period. These funds are to provide support to women and children who have experienced domestic violence who are primarily accommodated in Temporary accommodation.

They seek an experienced Case Manager with knowledge and skills to assess and prioritise the safety and well-being of women and children through all stages and elements of case planning, with understanding of evidence based practices for working with people experiencing and/or escaping domestic and family violence.

The Case Manager is required to work from a person-centred strengths based framework with an ability to provide a trauma informed approach to case management.

For more information and to apply, please follow the link.
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