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The July issue of Current Issues in Criminal Justice is now available!
Current Issues in Criminal Justice is produced by the Institute of Criminology Press and is the major Australian journal on criminal justice. Contributors include academics, researchers and professionals, who provide expert analysis of the many aspects of criminal justice. The Journal covers national and international issues, and has subscribers from many different countries and disciplines. It features 'Contemporary Comments' which are at the cutting edge of the crime and justice debate, as well as reviews of recently released books.

The July 2016 edition focused on Sydney's controversial lockout laws, with a range of academics sharing their insight on the issue in the following articles:
  • Sydney’s Lockout Laws: Cutting Crime or Civil Liberties? - Julia Quilter
  • What Does Research Tell Us about the Impact of Recent Liquor Licence Restrictions on Violence in New South Wales? - Don Weatherburn
  • The Sexuality of the Night: Violence and Transformation - Kane Race
  • Last Drinks Laws: A Health Perspective - Kate Conigrave
  • Sydney’s Lockout Laws: For and Against - Murray Lee

The journal also discussed a range of other issues, including:
  • Legalising Sex Work: The Regulation of Risk in Australian Prostitution Law Reform - Victoria Nagy and Anastasia Powell
  • Efforts by Offenders to Manage and Overcome Stigma: The Case of Employment - Adrian Cherney and Robin Fitzgerald
  • ‘Public Order’ Policing and the Value of Independent Legal Observers - Tamara Walsh
  • Public, Politicians, and the Law: The Long Shadow and Modern Thrall of Myra Hindley - Mark Pettigrew
  • The Bali Nine, Capital Punishment and Australia’s Obligation to Seek Abolition - Amy Maguire and Shelby Houghton
  • Book review of 'Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment' by David Brown, Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz, Julie Stubbs and Courtney Young - Todd Clear, Elena Marchetti, Luke McNamara


You can purchase a hardcopy issue or subscription through Sydney University Press. The Journal is also available online on law and social sciences databases including AustLII, Informit, HeinOnline and EBSCOhost's Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text.

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Upcoming Events
Asylum Seeker Policies Seminar

Date: Wednesday 28 September, arrive 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Deakin City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke St Melbourne

The United Nations Association of Australia is hosting a seminar at Deakin University regarding the treatment of asylum seekers.

Australia's Human Rights performance has recently been examined as part of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review. United Nations member states have recommended increased attention to human rights in several areas, including Australia's policies with respect to asylum seekers. UNAA Victoria, in partnership with Deakin University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is proud to host this seminar to bring together academic and community experts in constructive dialogue about positive human rights change with respect to this issue.

The speakers include:

- Erika Feller - Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne, Former Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), UNHCR

-Dr Amy Nethery - Lecturer, Politics and Policy Studies, Deakin University

Light refreshments with also be provided. To register, please visit the event website.

Baroness Jean Corston lecture: 'Women in the Criminal Justice System: More often troubled than troublesome'
Date: 13 September, 5:30pm
Location: University of Sydney, NSW

After the death of six women who were incarcerated at HMP Styal in the UK in 2003, The Right Honourable Baroness Corston published a 2007 report about women in the criminal justice system. This became known as the Corston Report. The Report focused on the diversion of women offenders and potential offenders away from criminal behaviour through the provision of women-focused policy and services.

The UK Government implemented 41 of the 43 recommendations in the Corston Report. The main outcome has been the expansion of community justice centres, as an alternative to prison. These 'one-stop-shops' for female offenders have been implemented to reduce recidivism and deter criminal behaviour by addressing the social, health and welfare issues that are unique to women.   In her Distinguished Speakers lecture, Baroness Corston will speak on the background to her report, the findings and recommendations, and developments in policy and practice in the subsequent nine years since the report's release.

Registration (inc. GST)*
Full fee = $15
University of Sydney alumni = $10
Full time student = $10
*Cost includes cocktail reception following the lecture

Registration will commence at 5.30pm, for a 6-7pm lecture followed by a cocktail reception. For more information and to register, please visit our website.
'Call Me Dad' Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Date: Monday 12th September, 7:00 pm
Location: Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Sydney NSW

Jewish House, Relationships Matter and Media Stockade are proud to present this special fundraiser screening of Call Me Dad. Call Me Dad is a story about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability of families, and the power we as a society have to intervene. These men struggle to maintain intimate relationships without resorting to abuse, physical or otherwise. The documentary follows these men over their journey through a Men’s Behaviour Change Program as they attempt to take responsibility for their violence, change themselves – and perhaps heal fragile bonds with their loved ones.

This is a Special Fundraising Event for Jewish House and Relationship Matters where a portion of your VIP ticket goes directly to these organisations.

With Special Guest MC Andrew O’Keefe and a Special Post Show Screening Panel Discussion. The guest panelists are Dr Kieran Le Plastrier, Denise Archie, Kay Schubach, Dr Michael Salter, Andrew O’Keefe and Sophie Wiesner.

To support this event and purchase a ticket, please visit the event website.
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Recent Publications
Sentencing Advisory Council Study Examines Reoffending by Family Violence Offenders
People who breach family violence intervention orders are more likely to reoffend than the general criminal population, according to a new study released today by the Sentencing Advisory Council.

Contravention of Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Prior Offences and Reoffending, details factors associated with prior offending and reoffending for the 1,898 offenders sentenced for breaching a family violence intervention order or family violence safety notice in Victoria in the financial year 2009–10.

The study group had a higher five-year reoffending rate (53%) than offenders in general (37%). Over half of the family violence offenders had prior convictions (58%).

The Council examined the group’s offending over an 11-year period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2015 inclusive. Over this period, the 1,898 offenders were sentenced for 28,749 charges (of any kind), and over half were sentenced for at least one assault-related offence. The more often an offender was sentenced for breaching an intervention order or safety notice during the study period, the more likely that offender was to also be sentenced for an assault/cause injury offence (against anyone). Over two-thirds (68%) of young adult (18–24) male offenders and 59% of young adult female offenders were sentenced for at least one assault-related offence in this period.

The Council’s study, Contravention of Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Prior Offences and Reoffending, is available from the following link.
Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights
Edited by Leanne Weber, Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo

Members of the Sydney Institute of Criminology have made significant contributions to a ground breaking handbook linking criminology and human rights. Co-edited by Elaine Fishwick, program manager of the Sydney Social Justice Network (SSJN), Leanne Weber of Monash University and Marinella Marmo from Flinders University, the Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights brings together leading scholars from around the globe to offer key, critical insights on a diverse range of human rights related issues.

Co-Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology Rebecca Scott Bray has a chapter that explores the investigation of deaths from a human rights perspective and Sydney University’s Greg Martin examines the right to protest. Professor Phil Scraton from Queen’s University Belfast, who will be visiting the Institute in October, and co-author Deena Haydon have written a critical investigation of childhood, rights and justice in the wake of the Northern Ireland peace accord.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the rest of the chapters are grouped thematically and include an examination of the role of human rights in criminology; law, regulation and governance; peacemaking, community safety and transitional justice; policing; criminal justice processes; penality and detention.

Here is how two leading criminologists have described the handbook’s contribution:

“The Handbook covers an extensive list of themes that view the significance of human rights for social justice, policing, punishment, justice systems, law and governance and the development of criminology itself. This ambitious Handbook is the first major attempt to bring human rights out of the fringe and to the fore of criminological debate. It is breathtaking in its scope.”

Kerry Carrington, Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

“Happily, criminologists and human rights scholars are increasingly talking to each other and this diverse and rich collection marks an important milestone in that development. The editors and contributors are to be warmly congratulated."

Kieran McEvoy, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

It is hoped that the handbook will provide a unique resource for research and teaching and facilitate informed debate about the uses and abuses of human rights law and principles within criminal justice, and within the discipline. It builds on the editors previously released original co-authored book Crime Justice and Human Rights

National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book
The first stage of the Commonwealth funded National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book was recently launched by the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration. It will provide comprehensive guidance on issues relating to domestic and family violence for judicial officers in all jurisdictions. The development of the Bench Book implements a key recommendation of the joint Australian Law Reform Commission Report and the New South Wales Law Reform Commission Report, Family Violence—A National Legal Response.

The first stage provides information about the dynamics of domestic and family violence, guidelines for courtroom management, information about referrals for victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence and reference to specific matters judicial officers should consider when making decisions in domestic and family violence related cases. This resource will promote best practice in domestic and family violence related cases across jurisdictions and will assist judicial officers with their decision-making and writing of judgements.

Importantly, the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book will also assist other service providers and legal professionals who are working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

The Bench Book is being developed by the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration in partnership with the University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law. The second and final stage of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book is scheduled to be launched by June 2017.
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Worth a watch
Dr Sascha Callaghan on 'VICE Asks: What Are The Ethics of Getting High?'
Illicit drug use isn't a fringe activity - but it's also incredibly divisive, and in our eagerness to either celebrate or vilify drug use, we often sweep the ethics aside. VICE decided to team up with the Ethics Centre to tackle some of these tough questions: Do you think about where your drugs come from? How much responsibility should you take for your friend's wellbeing if you're buying drugs for them?

University of Sydney ethicist Dr Sascha Callaghan, publican and former DJ Jaime Wirth, and artist, activist, and former heroin addict Jack Mannix came together at the Ethics Centre to tackle these questions and many more for "VICE Asks: What Are the Ethics of Getting High?"

The video of the panel discussion runs for about 40 minutes and can be watched online here.
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Job Advertisements
Aboriginal Official Visitor - NSW Department of Justice
The Department of Justice is recruiting for an Aboriginal Official Visitor for each Juvenile Justice centre in NSW:
  • Acmena (Grafton)
  • Cobham (St Marys)
  • Frank Baxter (Gosford)
  • Orana (Dubbo)
  • Reiby (Campbelltown)
  • Riverina (Wagga)

Official Visitors work to resolve complaints and enquiries at the local level made by detainees at juvenile justice centres. They do this by speaking with centre staff and getting back to the young person when they have an answer for them. They also monitor the welfare and treatment of young people in juvenile justice centres throughout NSW.  Successful applicants will be assigned to a specific centre for up to two years and they will visit on a fortnightly basis.

For further information, Contact Lynn Davie, Official Visitor Coordinator on lynn.davie@justice.nsw.gov.au, 02 8061 9306 or 0476 812 356.

Court Support Services Case Manager - Victoria State Government
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to join the Court Support Services (CSS) team at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court as Case Manager (Mental Health).

Working within the context of a multi-disciplinary team, the CSS Case Manager provides case management to accused persons who are participating in court support programs during their bail period or while on summons. Currently, the court support programs at this court are the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) and the Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) List.

The case manager will conduct screening and comprehensive psychosocial assessments, and work with program participants to develop individual case management plans that link them into treatment / support services to address their offending behaviour. The position will have a particular focus on participants who have mental health issues, but will also work with participants who have other issues.

The case manager will play an important role in ensuring that accused persons receive a range of responsive, coordinated and integrated services.

Applications close on the 7th of September. For more information and to apply, please follow the link.
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Educational Opportunities
Women and Leadership Australia Scholarships
Women and Leadership Australia would like to advise that scholarship applications for the Executive Ready Program will close on Friday September 9 (unless allocated prior).

The scholarship initiative is administered by Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to support the nationwide launch of Executive Ready – WLA’s new flagship development program for mid to senior level managers.

About the Executive Ready program

Informed by the experiences of hundreds of talented and respected women across all industries, Executive Ready is a leadership accelerator designed to stretch participants and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. Developed by the country’s foremost authority on women leaders and their unique needs, Executive Ready is for women who want to lead more confidently, transform the performance of their team and fully realise their future career/life potential.

To view the Executive Ready program prospectus click here.

About the Scholarship

Scholarships cover approximately 40% of the full enrolment fee. Scholarship supported places will be awarded on merit, based on a formal application process. A maximum of 20 scholarship places will be awarded to women in the Higher Education sector in New South Wales during the launch phase.  Scholarships will be awarded on an ongoing basis until all 20 have been allocated in New South Wales. Interested parties are advised to submit their applications early to avoid disappointment. 

Nomination Process

To make a scholarship enquiry for yourself or a colleague, email www.wla.edu.au and include the details below. A program expert will then make contact to discuss current opportunities in your state.
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