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Sydney Institute of Criminology Highlights of 2015

The Sydney Institute of Criminology Highlights of 2015 Document provides a summary of some of the key achievements of the Institute and its staff members in 2015. Some notable highlights include:

  • The publication of three bumper editions of the Current Issues in Criminal Justice Journal;
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s internship program by eight students;
  • Delivery of three short courses as part of the Institute’s Professional Development program;
  • Hosting two Careers in Criminology events, linking institute alumni with current criminology students;
  • Visits from international guests, with many giving public lectures;
  • Institute staff were mentioned in over 70 media stories; and
  • Hundreds of people attended Institute public seminars.

Further to these activities and achievements, Institute staff produced books, book chapters, journal articles and delivered papers to conferences in numerous countries. Recent research funding success suggests that the important and diverse research activities of Institute members will continue to produce significant outputs with direct relevance to criminal justice legislative and policy development and reform in the coming years.

Women in Prison Task Force: 30 Years On

On Wednesday 2 December, the Sydney Institute of Criminology and the University of New South Wales co-hosted the 30th Anniversary of the Women in Prison Task Force Report. The NSW Women in Prison Task Force Report was released in 1985. It contained 269 recommendations for progressive prison reform. Central to the report was the view that the number of women in prison should be reduced.

The panel discussion included members of the original Task Force, Ann Symonds AM (Deputy Chair) and Helen L'Orange AM, as well as contemporary commentators on Women in Prison Kat Armstrong (WIPAN), Peta MacGillivray (Solicitor, NSW Legal Aid), Dr Ruth McCausland (UNSW) and Professor Julie Stubbs (UNSW). Broadcaster and journalist Sharon Davis was the moderator for the event. The NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, the Honourable Brad Hazzard officially opened the event and provided views and comment on the status of women in prison today.

Women in Prison Factsheet


Panel members of the 'Women in Prison Task Force Report : 30 Years On'

Property, Labour and Legal Regulation: Dignity or Dependence? by Mark Findlay

Professor Mark Findlay of the Sydney Institute of Criminology has recently published the book
Property, Labour and Legal Regulation: Dignity or Dependence?

In this revealing comparative study, Professor Mark Findlay examines the problematic nexus between undervalued labour and vulnerable migration status in dis-embedded markets. It highlights the frustrations raised by timeless regulatory failure and the chronic complicity of private property arrangements in delivering unsustainable market engagement. Mark Findlay identifies the challenge for normative and functional foundations of equitable governance, by repositioning regulatory principle, to restore dignity to market relations.

Mark Book

Sydney Institute of Criminology members awarded ARC Discovery Project Grant

Judy Cashmore, Rita Shackel, Patrick Parkinson along with Nick Cowdery and Jane Goodman-Delahunty (CSU) and Martine Powell (Deakin) have been awarded $585,000 over 4 years for their Discovery Project Threshold Decisions in Determining Whether to Prosecute Child Sexual Abuse

2015 Crime Prevention Master Class a success!

The one-day Master Class was held on Friday 4 September 2015. The Master Class was designed to allow participants to hear findings from emerging research, as well as gain insight into the current policy landscape, on issues of importance to local communities. Guest presentations and workshops on the day were designed around three themes - alcohol-related assault, domestic violence and graffiti & street art.

Enrolments in the Master Class exceeded expectations with more than 30 participants attending from metropolitan and regional New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Participants represented a diverse range of interests, with Police officers from three states, a number of NSW local government crime prevention and community safety officers, representatives of Queensland licensed premises, security officers, outreach Chaplain services and a disability service provider.

Feedback from participants was very positive, with perspectives on different sessions reflecting the diverse interests among participants on the day.

Jackie Fitzgerald

Jackie Fitzgerald, Deputy Director, BOCSAR, presenting on lessons learned from the implementation of the NSW 'lock-out' laws


Dr Cameron McAuliffe, UWS School of Social Sciences and Psychology, presenting on approaches to Street Art that engage community and minimize graffiti vandalism

Associate Professor Murray Lee in the media


Associate Professor Murray Lee from Sydney Institute of Criminology featured in Sydney Morning Herald articles about Sexting and Young People. You can read the article here

Sexting and Young People


Sydney Institute of Criminology member Thomas Crofts and Murray Lee, along with Alyce McGovern, Sanja Milivojevic have recently published a new book titled Sexting and Young People.

This book explores young people's practices and perceptions of sexting. The book draws on a substantial body of qualitative and quantitative evidence of young people's views and experiences of sexting, a media discourse analysis capturing the tenure of public discussion about sexting, and an in-depth analysis of existing laws and sanctions that apply to sexting. Sexting and Young People also analyses the important broader socio-legal issues raised by sexting and the appropriateness of current responses. In doing so, this book offers important recommendations for policy makers and the legal system, and provides direction for future approaches to sexting research.