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Published by the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice 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 features ‘Contemporary Comments’ on issues at the cutting edge of the crime and justice debate.

Our most recent issue of CICJ includes:

• articles on legalising sex work; offender management of stigma in employment; ‘public order’ policing; the Public, politicians, the Law, and Myra Hindley; 

• the Bali Nine and abolition of capital punishment.

• a feature on the Sydney’s Lockout Laws Forum; and

• a book review symposium on Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment by David Brown, Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz, Julie Stubbs and Courtney Young

A yearly subscription to the journal includes three issues. We are now offering a 30% discount until the 16th of October 2016. Simply visit Sydney University Press, click 'Use Coupon' and enter the code: CICJ30.

Baroness Corston discusses her game-changing 2007 report on women's incarceration
Over 70 people were in attendance last night as Baroness Jean Corston visited the Sydney Institute of Criminology to take part in the University of Sydney's Distinguished Speakers program. Her speech was entitled, "Women in the Criminal Justice System: More often troubled than troublesome", regarding her 2007 Corston Report about women's incarceration in the UK. The report was triggered by the deaths of six women in British custody, and offered 43 recommendations to help divert female offenders and potential offenders away from the justice system and provide more welfare services for women in the community. The UK government implemented 41 of these recommendations, drastically impacting the criminal justice system by providing more alternatives to prison for women.

Baroness Corston's insights were particularly valuable given the dramatic increase of Australian women in custody in recent years. She discussed the background to her report, its troubling findings, the struggles she overcame to change the system, and the effects that her recommendations continue to have on women's experiences in the justice system to this day. She argued that prisons around the world remain largely a male construct, designed and run by men for men, with female inmates often an afterthought. Women, however, often have particular criminogenic needs that must be addressed in a way that relates specifically to them in order to be most effective in reducing their offending. In the UK and elsewhere, these include disturbing rates of abuse, self-harm, and mental health issues, as well as other factors such as child-caring responsibilities which should be taken into account. Without interventions tailored towards them, the Baroness explained, many of these women would continue down a spiral of incarceration and disadvantage that would ultimately impact their children as well. The results of the interventions inspired by her report were extremely encouraging, with the dramatic drop in women's incarceration and improvement in the quality of life of countless women in the UK being a testament to their success.

The podcast of Baroness Corston's speech will soon be available on our website here.
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Upcoming Events
Learning Together: Building Learning Communities Across Prison Walls
Date: 23rd September, 2016, 12:30-2:00pm
Location: New Law Building, University of Sydney

What has cellular biology got to do with inclusivity, higher education and public safety? Drawing on sociological, criminological and educational theory, this talk explores how we might build learning communities that span prison and university boundaries and considers what the individual, institutional and social effects of this might be. The talk draws on students' experiences of Learning Together - a educational partnership between the University of Cambridge and HMP Grendon in the UK.

About the speakers:

Ruth Armstrong is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge and Amy Ludlow is a College Fellow and Lecturer in Law in Cambridge. Together, they have created an educational initiative called Learning Together, which brings together students in university and students in prison to study with each other in the prison environment. The event will be chaired by Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan of the University of Sydney Law School.

For more information about this event, and to register, please visit our website.
The Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing, and the UN’s First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit

Date: 22nd September 2016, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Location: QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane

The Crime and Justice Research Centre is hosting an upcoming seminar with speaker Dr. Lesley Pruitt from Monash University, who will be presenting on the UN’s first all-female peacekeeping unit.

This project explores the story of the first all-female police unit deployed by India to the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia in January 2007. It investigates how the unit was originated, developed, and implemented, offering an important historical record of this unique initiative. Examining precedents in policing in the troop-contributing country and recent developments in policing in the host country, the project offers contextually rich examination of all-female units, explores the potential benefits of and challenges to women’s participation in peacekeeping, and illuminates broader questions about the relationship between gender, peace, and security.

About the speaker: 

Lesley Pruitt is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Monash University. Lesley’s research focuses on recognising and enhancing youth participation in peacebuilding and promoting gender equity in peace processes.

To register, please email your name, affiliation and any dietary requirements to am.gurd@qut.edu.au by 5pm Monday 19th September 2016. For more information, please visit the event website.

Last chance for early bird registrations Crime Prevention and Communities Conference
Date: 3-4 November, 2016
Location: Brisbane
The Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Police Service are hosting Australia’s third major Crime Prevention and Communities conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3-4 November 2016.

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. The keynote speakers include Rosie Batty (2015 Australian of the Year), Professor Kate Bowers (University College London), Chief Robert Davis (Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Canada), and Professor Anna Stewart (Griffith University).
Early bird registrations for the Crime Prevention and Communities conference are closing on 15 September. 
Paul Byrne Memorial Lecture delivered by Stephen Odgers SC- Uniform Evidence Law at 21
Date: 17 October 2016, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: University of Sydney, NSW

It has been 21 years since NSW and the Commonwealth enacted uniform evidence legislation (UEL), largely based on the work of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Since then a number of other jurisdictions have followed suit (Victoria, Tasmania, A.C.T., Northern Territory). The legislation has introduced a number of important reforms in the law of evidence, particularly in criminal proceedings, and has on balance been a successful exercise in law reform.

However, there have been problems, some the consequence of judicial construction of the UEL, requiring amendment. In 2005, the Australian Law Reform Commission (along with the NSW and Victorian Law Reform Commissions) proposed changes to the 10-year-old UEL and these were subsequently enacted. Now the UEL is 21 and it is time to consider new amendments - partly to deal with problems that have arisen in the last decade, partly to ensure proper implementation of the policy framework around which the legislation was constructed. It is also time for the remaining hold-out jurisdictions (Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia) to adopt the UEL.

To learn more and to register for the event, please visit this website.
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Recent Publications
Is Criminology Still Male Dominated?
Special 10th Anniversary Issue of the Feminist Criminology Journal 

This special issue of Feminist Criminology was inspired by an impulse to step back—approximately one half-century after second-wave feminism burst onto the scene in the 1960s and 1970, leading thereafter to the evolution of diverse and important feminism(s)—so as to evaluate where, within the academic discipline of criminology, the gender revolution has led. It features an introduction by guest editor Lynn S. Chancer, as well as the following articles:
  • 'Criminology, Gender, and Race: A Case Study of Privilege in the Academy' by Meda Chesney-Lind and Nicholas Chagnon
  • 'Has Criminology Awakened From Its “Androcentric Slumber”?' by Kimberly J. Cook
  • 'Cultural Criminology and Gender Consciousness: Moving Feminist Theory From Margin to Center' by Laura Naegler and Sara Salman
  • 'Essentializing Manhood in “the Street”: Perilous Masculinity and Popular Criminological Ethnographies' by Albert Lobo de la Tierra
This publication can be found online here.
Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce: Results of the 2014 online consumer fraud survey
By Penny Jorna, AIC

The Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) is a group of 22 government regulatory agencies and departments in Australia and New Zealand. It works with private sector, community and non-government partners to prevent fraud. The ACFT has run a range of fraud prevention and awareness-raising activities since 2005. One of its key initiatives is to run an annual consumer fraud survey to take a snapshot of the public’s exposure to consumer fraud and fraudulent invitations, to assess their impact, determine how victims respond, and identify emerging typologies and issues. The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), as a taskforce member and chair of its research subgroup, hosts the survey on behalf of the ACFT. It should be noted that the survey participants were not randomly sampled and so survey findings are not representative of the general population.

This report presents the results of the 2014 survey, which ran for six months from 1 January 2014. This period encompassed National Fraud Prevention week, which coincides with global fraud awareness-raising activities. The theme of the 2014 campaign was Know who you’re dealing with, and it was aimed at raising awareness about relationship scams by asking people to think twice before transferring money to people they did not know personally.

The full report can be read online here.
More NSW prisons: evidence free public policy
By John Paget

The $3.8 billion expansion of the prison estate in NSW represents a manifest and very expensive failure of public policy. There are three reasons why this is so. First, the lack of evidence to support the expansion; second, because prisons are a very blunt and inefficient crime control measure and finally, because of the opportunity cost of the expansion of the prison estate at the expense of productive investments to increase community well-being.

The full article can be read online here.
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Worth a Watch
What is Justice Reinvestment?
This 4-minute Youtube video explains Justice Reinvestment, describing how JR can be used to reduce imprisonment of young people, and of young Aboriginal people in particular.

The video was produced by NAAJA (North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency), Fiona Allison (Researcher, James Cook University) and Round 3 Creative (video production studio), with assistance from the community of Katherine, NT and UNSW's Australian JR Project. It was also narrated by Warren Clements and fully funded by Amnesty International.
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Family Law Solicitor (Relief) - Central Sydney
Legal Aid NSW is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Family Law Solicitor.

The position is responsible for: 
  • Provide high quality advice, minor assistance and casework service to disadvantaged communities

  • Conduct an effective legal practice.

  • Comply with the Legal Aid Commission Act, policies and practice management standards and undertake all related administrative and case management activities.

Applications close on Monday, 19th September 2016 (11:59pm). If you would like to learn more about the position, or to apply, please follow the link.

Court Coordinator - Department of Justice and Attorney-General, regional QLD
The role of the Court Coordinator is to proactively represent the chief executive in court in youth justice matters in accordance with section 74 of the Youth Justice Act 1992 and other relevant legislative provisions including the Charter of Youth Justice Principles and objectives of the Act, statutory delegations, departmental policies, procedures and contemporary best practice.

Specified - Applicants will need to provide a reference from a member of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Applications close on the 23rd of September 2016. For more information, please follow the link.
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