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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.

Current Issues in Criminal Justice

The July 2015 edition of Current Issues in Criminal Justice is out this week.

The July 2015 issue covers Australian drug trafficking laws; parliamentary scrutiny of criminal law bills in NSW; Boulton v The Queen and guideline judgments; environmental crime and specialist courts in Queensland; preventing child abuse deaths; policing of Sydney’s night-time economy in the media; deaths in immigration custody; the criminal responsibility age

To submit an article or ‘contemporary comment’ to the Journal, please email .
More information on submission requirements are now available.

Statement against Death Penalty

The Sydney Institute of Criminology endorses the following statement by Professor Mark Findlay condemning the scheduled execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran:

'As lawyers, concerned academics and professionals, we join to speak out against the impending and tragic execution of our fellow citizens in Indonesia. We do not see this punishment as either an issue of national sovereignty or of just deserts. The Australian police gave up these two men to a capital punishment jurisdiction as part of a sting operation which could have led to prosecutions and trials in Australia where the death penalty is not an option. Capital punishment is said to be qualified by mercy. In ultimately deciding on clemency we believe the Indonesian Government should give the strongest consideration to the remarkable rehabilitation history of the two condemned. In opposing these executions we are not seeking to criticise the judicial process of another country. However, we want to see justice tempered with humanity. Right-minded Australians share the abhorrence of misery and addiction associated with drug abuse and the shameful trafficking trade. That said, nothing in our view can justify the killing of two men in circumstances such as these. At this final hour we add our voices to the calls for the death sentences to be commuted and for Australia and Indonesia to join in other ways to fight the harmful health consequences of drug abuse in all its forms.'