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BOCSAR uncovers troubling rise in Indigenous imprisonment in NSW
"Over the last 15 years in NSW the rate of Indigenous arrest for violent offences has declined by nearly 37 per cent (36.81%), while the rate of Indigenous arrest for property crime has declined by almost 33 per cent (32.95%). The falls are apparent for both males and females but are most pronounced among Indigenous arrests for violent crime for males aged 15-19 (down 55.96%) and those aged 20-24 (down 58.44%).

According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), however, the decline in Indigenous arrest rates for violent and property crime has not been accompanied by a decrease in Indigenous imprisonment. In fact, between 2001 and 2015, the number of Indigenous Australians in New South Wales prisons more than doubled. On an age-standardised basis, the rate of Indigenous imprisonment rose by 40 per cent.

The rise in Indigenous imprisonment in NSW is due to a combination of higher rates of arrest resulting in conviction, a greater likelihood of imprisonment given conviction and a higher rate of bail refusal. The growth in number of arrests, percentage imprisoned and percentage bail refused has been especially large in the categories justice procedure offences and acts intended to cause injury.

Most of the growth in justice procedure offences is coming from arrests for breach of custodial orders (e.g. breach of a community-based order) and breach of Apprehended Violence Orders. Most of the growth in acts intended to cause injury is coming from arrests for serious assault resulting in injury and stalking/intimidation.

Commenting on the findings the director of BOCSAR, Dr Don Weatherburn said that the growth in Indigenous imprisonment was due to a combination of tougher sentencing and tougher law enforcement."

For more information, and to read the full report, please visit BOCSAR's website.
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Upcoming Events
Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture Series: "Bearing Witness to the 'Pain of Others': Frontiers of Research and Resistance"

Date: 27 October 2016, 6-8pm
Location: University of Sydney, NSW

Delivered by Professor Phil Scraton, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast.

The Sydney Institute of Criminology is delighted to present the final lecture in a series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. Please join us as Professor Scraton discusses the politics and challenges of critical criminological research.

Abstract to follow

About the speaker

Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. His primary research includes: controversial deaths and the state; the rights of the bereaved and survivors in the aftermath of disasters. He has written/ edited over 20 books. Director of The Hillsborough Project 1989-95, he was principal author of Hillsborough and After: The Liverpool Experience and No Last Rights: The Promotion of Myth and the Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. In 2010 he was appointed to head Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research and is primary author of its comprehensive report, Hillsborough. The ESPN/ BBC documentary, Hillsborough, short-listed for an EMMY, is based on his work. In 2016 he received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Phil Scraton will be visiting Sydney in October 2016 as a guest of the University of New South Wales.

You can register for the event here.

15 years on and still the only one: Uniting MSIC and the state of Australian drug law reform
Date: 12 October 2016, 4pm - 5pm
Location: UNSW

The University of NSW is hosting a seminar featuring Dr Marianne Jauncey (Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) in conversation with Jake Rance (Centre for Social Research in Health). A passionate advocate for harm reduction and drug law reform, Marianne has spent her career as a public health physician working in the drug and alcohol field, including the past eight as the Medical Director of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (Uniting MSIC). So why, despite its 15-plus years of continual successful operation and clear evidence of its benefits, is the Uniting MSIC still the only one, not just in Australia but the southern hemisphere? And why, given the recent negative press, is it still fighting to survive? And more broadly, why is there so little forward motion in Australia, given recent Federal and NSW drug summits and changing global attitudes?

For more information, please follow the link.
Workshop: Dementia in the Courtroom
Date: Friday 14 October 2016,  2:45pm - 5pm
Location: Macquarie University

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians aged 65 and over, with a significant associated economic and social burden. Given our aging population there will be an increasing number of people with dementia entering the legal system, creating unique challenges around evidence, capacity, responsibility, just sentencing, and management of offenders. 

Dementia may affect capacity to make decisions in various legal domains, including financial management and creation or alteration of a will. Fronto-temporal dementia (behavioural type) causes changes in a person's behaviour and personality, which can result in criminal behaviour. In this workshop, an expert panel will discuss a selection of recent criminal cases from the Australian Neurolaw Database where dementia has been a central issue and draw out the legal, ethical and policy issues raised by these cases.

Expert Panellists will include:
  • Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan: Criminal Law Theorist
  • Dr Hayley Bennett: Barrister and Neuropsychologist
  • Dr Pauline Langeluddeke: Clinical Psychologist and expert witness

All are welcome, but please register with Jeanette Kennett for catering purposes: jeanette.kennett@mq.edu.au. For more information, please visit Macquarie University's website.

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Recent Publications
Making Transitional Justice Work for Women
By Rita Shackel and Lucy Fisk

This series, "Making Transitional Justice Work for Women: Rights, Resilience and Responses to Violence Against Women in Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Uganda and Kenya", comprises of three reports, each focusing on one of the above three countries. It
investigates the efficacy of transitional justice efforts for women in conflict and post-conflict contexts; in doing so, it identifies women's priorities for justice, their experiences when seeking justice, obstacles encountered in justice processes, and recommendations for more effective policy responses.

Summaries are also available for the reports on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Uganda and Kenya.
Inventing Fear of Crime: Criminology and the Politics of Fear
By Murray Lee

Over the past four decades the fear of crime has become an increasingly significant concern for criminologists, victimologists, policy makers, politicians, police, the media and the general public. For many practitioners reducing fear of crime has become almost as important an issue as reducing crime itself. The identification of fear of crime as a serious policy problem has given rise to a massive amount of research activity, political discussion and intellectual debate.

Despite this activity, actually reducing levels of fear of crime has proved difficult. Even in recent years when many western nations have experienced reductions in the levels of reported crime, fear of crime has often proven intractable. The result has been the development of what amounts to a fear of crime industry. Previous studies have identified conceptual challenges, theoretical cul-de-sacs and methodological problems with the use of the concept fear of crime. Yet it has endured as both an organizing principal for a body of research and a term to describe a social malady. This provocative, wide ranging book asks how and why fear of crime retains this cultural, political and social scientific currency despite concerted criticism of its utility? It subjects the concept to rigorous critical scrutiny taking examples from the UK, North America and Australia.

Part One of Inventing Fear of Crime traces the historical emergence of the fear of crime concept, while Part Two addresses the issue of fear of crime and political rationality, and analyses fear of crime as a tactic or technique of government. This book will be essential reading on one of the key issues in government and politics in contemporary society.

The book can be purchased online here.
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Scholarship Opportunities
University of Wollongong Strategic PHD Top-Up Grant

To support an exceptional PhD candidate in commencing their research career at UOW Law, the university is offering a top up grant of up to $10,000pa for three years in the priority area of criminal justice and issues relating to intoxication including alcohol and drug-related violence, anti-social behaviour and other forms of offending.

The Strategic PhD Top Up Grant will be awarded to a high quality PhD applicant in conjunction with a successful application for a full PhD scholarship such as an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University Postgraduate Award (UPA) or International Postgraduate Tuition Award (IPTA). 

The scholarship is for three and a half (3.5) years full-time with a stipend of $AUD 26,288* per annum (tax free and indexed annually). The Strategic PhD Top Up Grant is up to $10,000pa for three years.

PhD scholarship applicants should have:

• first-class honours, Masters degree by research or a Masters degree by coursework with a significant research component

• additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes will be regarded favourably

Applicants should submit:

• a cover letter detailing relevant experience, your CV and academic transcripts to the Faculty Research Unit via lha-research@uow.edu.au.

• a Higher Degree Research (HDR) admission and scholarship application via https://www.uow.edu.au/apply/index.html. Include your academic transcript, copy of your passport or birth certificate and an outline of your proposed research project.

Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply. 

Applications close: 5pm 17 October 2016. For more information, please follow the link.

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Call for information on prison education programs
Kelly Richards (QUT), Bronwyn Ewing (QUT) and Lorana Bartels (UC) are currently working with Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow from the
University of Cambridge on the first Australian pilot of Learning Together, a program Armstrong and Ludlow run in the UK that brings university students and prisoners together to study university material in a prison setting. They would be very interested in hearing about any other examples of universities and prisons working in partnership to deliver educational outcomes. 

Please email the details of any programs you are involved in or know about to: lorana.bartels@canberra.edu.au.
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Win a free double movie pass to see 'Joe Cinque's Consolation"!
In cinemas October 13

In late 1997, Anu Singh, an attractive law student in Canberra, made plans to kill her boyfriend Joe Cinque after throwing a series of macabre farewell dinner parties. The dinner guests, most of them university students, had heard various rumours about her plan, but nobody warned Joe. Joe's death and the subsequent trial drew the attention of the whole country, as the broader community struggled to come to terms with how a life could fall through so many hands.

Joe Cinque’s Consolation is the dramatised screen adaptation of Helen Garner’s celebrated account of those events – a psychological crime drama that examines Joe and Anu’s relationship, the circumstances that led to tragedy, and the price of doing and saying nothing.

Director Sotiris Dounoukos and writer Matt Rubinstein draw on their own experience in the law, and Sotiris’ personal knowledge of his alma-mater and home town of Canberra during the late 90s, to piece together a vivid and disturbing study of a love that unravels, and a community of students that is tested.

The film's screening sold out within hours at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, and was officially selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. A list of Australian screening locations can be found here. To go in the draw to win one of five free double passes, please contact us at law.criminology@sydney.edu.au by 9am on Monday the 10th of October.  

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CICJ Subscription Discount
We're offering a 30% Subscription Discount to our journal, Current Issues in Criminal Justice!
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.
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Job Advertisements
Criminology Lecturer - Australian National University, Canberra

Classification: Academic Level B (Fixed term of 3 years)
Salary package: $94,287 to $107,381 per annum plus 17% superannuation

This is a combined teaching and research position and ANU are seeking to recruit an outstanding scholar to the post of Lecturer in Criminology. They encourage high performing applicants from any field within Criminology.

Ranked 5 in the most recent Excellence in Research (ERA) rankings, the ANU is internationally recognised for its scholarly contribution in Criminology. Successful candidates will be joining a vibrant community of scholars who share a commitment to world-class research and teaching.

Applications close on the 7th of October 2016 at 11:55pm. For more information or to apply for the position, please click here.

Research Fellow - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
About the role
  • $98K-$116 plus (9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading)
  • Full time Fixed term until June 2018
This is a “Trial Co-ordinator” role. The successful candidate will be expected to assist with the implementation and delivery of an Australian Department of Health funded randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a brief smoking intervention for prison inmates in the Northern Territory. The PRF will be responsible for the oversight and management of the trial and will liaise with national and international investigators and recruitment sites in Northern Territory and Queensland to ensure the research methodology and objectives are met.

To be successful in this role you will have:
  • PhD completed (or submitted) in a public health, epidemiology or behavioural science discipline.
  • Excellent written, communication and critical thinking skills, as evidenced by a demonstrated record of research outputs including: (i) peer reviewed publications; and (ii) applying and/or ascertaining competitive research grant funding.
  • Demonstrable project management skills and experience in the conduct, implementation and management of public health research, including experience with intervention research and experimental design.
  • Experience with statistical analyses and packages including STATA, SAS and/or SPSS.
Applications close: 16 October 2016. For more information, please follow the link.
Senior Research Officer – Crime and Corruption Commission, Brisbane

The Crime and Corruption Commission are looking for an individual to conduct major research and evaluation projects, and provide high level advice about research methodology and analysis.

The ideal applicant will demonstrate capability in the following requirements:

  • Extensive experience in scoping, designing and conducting social science research, preferably applied in a context relevant to the work of the Commission.
  • Extensive experience in a conducting quantitative and qualitative data analyses of social science data, including using SPSS and/or SAS.
  • Extensive experience managing research projects, including preparing project plans, monitoring quality and timeliness, and supervising staff.
  • Experience in policy analysis, preferably applied in a context relevant to the work of the Commission.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective networks with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to prepare a variety of research and policy outputs in a timely manner.

For more detailed information, including how to apply, please follow the link.  Applications for this position will close 14 October 2016.  For any inquiries, please contact Lauren Hancock on telephone (07) 3360 6060 or email hr@ccc.qld.gov.au.

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