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Nominations for the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) are now open

The annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. The awards encourage public initiatives, and assist governments in identifying and developing practical projects which will reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Any government agency, not-for-profit organisation or individual person making a significant contribution to a project in Australia can be nominated for an award. Projects may address specific groups such as rural and remote communities, women, children, youth, family, migrant, ethnic or Indigenous communities, or specific problems such as alcohol-related violence.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 19 May 2017.

For more information on the awards, including a completed nomination sample, advice on how to complete a quality nomination and important points to consider before writing your nominations, please visit the ACVPA website

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Upcoming Events
International Police Executive Symposium
Date: 6-11 August, 2017
Location: Liverpool, UK

The IPES meeting in Liverpool will be the only global meeting of its kind on policing with researchers and practitioners hobnobbing for 4 nights and 5 days in an intellectually stimulating environment. The participants are encouraged to work on post-conference publications, and these intense meetings are interspersed with a rich cultural program. The cultural exposure helps participants appreciate first hand that policing is a product of culture. 

The IPES also publishes a post-conference book with fully edited and revised papers presented at the conference, as well as a Special Issue of the affiliated journal, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. And, in this prolonged, retreat-like symposium, the participants enjoy a tremendous possibility of networking across the globe as well as accomplishing publication goals as follows:
  • Find participants, academics or practitioners, interested in collaborating on joint submissions to PPR and other sources.
  • Identify police leaders among the participants who may be interested in being interviewed for the IPES Book Series, Trends in Policing: Interviews with  Police Leaders Across the Globe (a participant may find contacts for interviews of judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers, and Prison Leaders for other interview-based books of IPES).
  • Participants may also find co-authors for the IPES Book      Series, Advances in Police Theory and Practice.

For further information and to register for the event, please visit the IPES website. Questions may also be directed towards Professor Dilip K. Das at dilipkd@aol.com.
“Castration will turn you into a real man”: Surgical castration of sex offenders in The Netherlands, 1938-1968
Date: 2-4pm, 26 April 2017
Location: New Law Annexe SR 444, University of Sydney

Between 1938 and 1968 some 400 sex offenders in the Netherlands who by court orders had been put at ‘the discretion of the government’ and were incarcerated in asylums for the criminally insane, ‘voluntarily’ submitted themselves to ‘therapeutic’ castration, the surgical removal of their testes. Prior to 1938, the ethics of the surgery had been discussed for nearly a decade amongst theologians, (forensic) psychiatrists, jurists and politicians, mostly in the context of eugenic sterilization. Discussions of conflicting Catholic, Protestant and non-denominational points of view vis-à-vis eugenics resulted in consensus about ‘therapeutic’ and ‘voluntary’ castration. While castration supposedly ‘cured’ an offender of a diseased sexuality, as a result of the eugenic background,  from the start of debates to the very end of the practice, it never became fully clear whether the surgery was meant to curb libido or to prevent the offenders from begetting inferior progeny. Even in medical practice
confusion persisted about the difference between castration and
sterilization.

Sex offenders that qualified for castration seemingly had received discrete labels that more or less corresponded with criminal laws, yet
they were also often diagnosed as ‘suffering’ from ‘hyper sexuality’: a lack of self control often in combination with the absence of a clear defined object of desires. Increasingly parole officers urged especially homosexual men who were deemed criminally insane because of sexual contacts with minors (they made up over 40% of all men castrated), to volunteer for castration to regain control over their desires. Such a control would turn them into real men.

About the speaker:

Theo van der Meer is a historian who has published extensively on the history of homosexuality in The Netherlands. In successive books he covered the period from the late Middle Ages up to the 1970’s. He is
the biographer of J.A. Schorer who in 1912 founded the Dutch chapter of
Hirschfeld’s German Scientific Humanitarian Committee which lasted until the Nazi occupation in 1940. He is currently writing a biography of gay man (1899-1985) who in the 1990’s became a household name in the Netherlands as his life was partly fictionalized in a hugely popular seven-volume novel. 


Registration is not required for this event.
The Reintegration Puzzle: Changing Systems from the Inside Out
Date: 21-23 June 2017
Location: Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

The 13th Annual Reintegration Puzzle Conference: Changing Systems from the Inside Out will focus on how systems work to enable people to successfully reintegrate into the community after prison and how they create additional barriers. The role people with lived experience of prison can play in changing systems will also be explored. Speakers at the conference include:
  • ​Glenn E. Martin -  JustLeadership USA (JLUSA)
  • Keenan Mundine - Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy
  • Lana Sandas - Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN)
Further information about the conference can be found at the conference website.
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Recent Publications
The Lived Sentence: Rethinking Sentencing, Risk and Rehabilitation
By Dr Maggie Hall

This book examines the lives of the sentenced to argue that 'sentencing' should  be re-conceived to consider the human perspective. It combines a range of modern criminological and legal theories together with interviews with prisoners in New South Wales, to examine their lives during and beyond completing the terms of imprisonment, for a more continuous and coherent perspective on the process of 'sentencing'. This book makes a strong argument for the practical advantages of listening to the voices of the sentenced and it is therefore a useful tool for the correctional community engaged in providing services and programmes to reduce recidivism. A methodological and well-researched text, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of criminal justice and the penal system, as well as policy makers and practitioners.

The book can be purchased online here.
Human Trafficking
Edited by Phillip Bean

Serious research into the problematic and distressing concept of human trafficking continues to blossom. Indeed, the work of scholars in this cross-disciplinary field supports numerous international journals, regional organizations, and global conferences. Now, to make some sense of the wide range of approaches and complex theories that have informed thinking in this area, Routledge announces a new title in its acclaimed Critical Concepts in Criminology series. Edited by a leading scholar with an international reputation, Human Trafficking is a definitive, four-volume collection of cutting-edge and foundational research.

The collection is fully indexed and supplemented with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the gathered materials in their historical and intellectual context. Human Trafficking will be particularly useful as a database allowing scattered and often fugitive material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For scholars, students, and policy-makers, it is an essential one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

The book can be purchased online here.

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Calls for Submissions
Law, Technology and Innovation Junior Scholars Forum
Event date: 24 November 2017
Abstracts deadline: 31 May 2017

Understanding the interaction between law and technology is becoming increasingly important, both due to the pace of change as well as the impact of specific technologies on the substance and practice of law. The UNSW Law, Technology and Innovation Research Network is hosting a one-day Junior Scholars Forum on 24 November 2017, to provide an opportunity for emerging scholars to explore these questions together with mentoring from leaders in the field and to prepare publications for journals in the field of law, technology and innovation. 

The network welcome submissions from PhD students and Early Career Researchers (within 5 years of PhD completion, full time equivalent) on topics related to the interaction between law, technology and innovation. Note that this forum is for researchers residing in Australia only. UNSW Law will provide financial assistance to selected delegates to cover flights within Australia and other travel costs.

For further details see link to forum on the Law, Technology and Innovation Research Network webpage.  
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