ANZSOC 2016 Conference ‘Horizon Criminology’ Hobart, Tasmania

The 29th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) conference was held in Hobart, Tasmania from 29 November to 2 December 2016. The theme of the 2016 Conference was ‘HORIZON CRIMINOLOGY’; ‘Looking over the horizon there are challenges for criminology and criminal justice requiring innovative interpretations and creative responses to the past, present and future.’ The ANZSOC Conference was officially opened by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania. The opening address was delivered by Dr Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, Minister for the Arts, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

It was an honour and wonderful opportunity to speak at the conference;. My presentation titled ‘Learning from former prisoners who have gone straight makes sense’, covered key messages from my Churchill Fellowship research. It was terrific meeting many familiar criminology colleagues and making new contacts across the national and international criminal justice world.

ANZSOC Conference 2016

ANZSOC Conference 2016

ANZSOC Conference 2016

ANZSOC Conference 2016

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JusTas Symposium ‘Reintegration: Throughcare to What?’ Hobart, Tasmania

Excellent Symposium held in Tasmania by JusTas titled ‘Reintegration: Throughcare to What? Reducing Crime and Safer Communities’ on 28th November 2016. JusTas is a new group in Tasmania promoting justice, best practice and valuable outcomes for returning citizens and the community. A collaboration between the Salvation Army, University of Tasmania and Australian Red Cross, the Symposium a huge success, attended by many.

It was an honour to be a keynote speaker, many thanks to Keith Hinde, Coordinator Prison Support Program, Australian Red Cross; Grant Herring, Manager of Alcohol, Other Drugs & Corrections, Salvation Army Tasmania Division; and Don McCrae, Team Leader SASH Salvation Army Supported Housing, Street to Home and ITSS Intensive Tenancy Support Service (for Ex-Offenders).

Dinner with JusTas members

Dinner with JusTas members

Facilitated by Grant Herring, the Symposium was officially opened by Dr. Vanessa Goodwin, MLC, Attorney General and Minister for Corrections. Dr. Goodwin also officially launched the group JusTas. On the morning of the Symposium, it was an honour and wonderful opportunity to join Don McCrae in studio on 936 ABC Hobart radio. We were interviewed by Sarah Gillman about JusTas, the Symposium and my Churchill Fellowship keynote address. ICYMI:


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Miss out on Remaking Justice? Watch and listen online.

For those who missed the recent Remaking Justice symposium held at the Wheeler Centre on 25 August 2016, or want a second look at what was discussed, we have now uploaded videos of each presenter a…

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The Churchill Trust’s Annual Report 2015-16 Edition.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust’s Annual Report 2015-16 Edition. It is an honour to be one of the Victorian 50th Anniversary Churchill Fellow’s profiled in the report.

Churchill Fellowship 2015 Annual Report (Courtesy WCMT)

Churchill Fellowship 2015 Annual Report (Courtesy WCMT)

Churchill Trust 2015-16 Annual Report

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Doin Time 3CR Community Radio 855am

In case you missed it, on 19th September, I was a guest again on 3CR’s Community Radio ‘Doin Time’ show with wonderful broadcasters Marisa and Pete. We talked about the much needed prison reform, covering my Churchill Fellowship research; the recent Smart Justice ‘Remaking Justice’ Symposium and the Victorian Ombudsman’s prison rehabilitation and reintegration investigation recommendations. As we know, real reform will only commence when government implements both the Ombudsman’s and my Churchill Fellowship research recommendations.

3CR Community Radio 855am

3CR Community Radio 855am

Doin Time 3CR Community Radio 855am

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‘Uncle Jack Charles returns to prison’, reports Jeremy Story Carter, ABC Radio National journalist.

In case, you missed it, on 13th September, Jeremy Story Carter, ABC Radio National journalist and presenter joined Jack Charles outside the walls of two Victorian prisons in Castlemaine, Middleton and Loddon. Jack Charles was ‘re-entering the prison system that held him 10 years ago’ to mentor and inspire those currently serving their sentence there. A terrific uplifting story that is the epitome of my Churchill Fellowship research. Let us strive for this story to be the start of many! ABC Radio National Law Report

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3AW 693 News Talk: Mornings with Neil Mitchell

In case you missed it, on 1st September I was interviewed in studio by Neil Mitchell on his morning 3AW Melbourne radio program. As the guest for the ‘complex issues’ weekly debate we talked about my Churchill Fellowship research focusing on the role of reformed offenders in reducing re-offending; my professional and lived experience that led me to pursue the research; and the need for prison to ‘do no more harm’ to people who will be released back into the community. Reformed offenders can help people who are struggling to ‘go straight’ turn their lives around. Reformed offenders can inform and lead policy reform. Improving lives enhances community safety. You can listen to the interview via the 3AW Mornings: Neil Mitchell podcasts. It is just after the 10 o’clock news.
3AW Mornings: Neil Mitchell

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