A major multi-year and multi-jurisdictional research project involving Centre members Eileen Baldry, David Brown, Barry Goldson, Sophie Russell, and Mel Schwartz, along with Chris Cunneen (Jumbunna Institute UTS, Honorary Professor UNSW), has made an important contribution to Australian and international youth justice research.
The number and rate of people imprisoned in Australia has, with some exceptions, risen rapidly over the past three decades. The largest rates of increase have been in remand, women, and Indigenous prisoners.
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More than 300 criminologists, lawyers and other academics from across Australia have signed an open letter calling on all Australian governments to take urgent action to address the over-criminalisation and over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Speaker: Dr Alistair Fraser, Director, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
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The Centre for Crime, Law and Justice stands in solidarity with the Aboriginal Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter movements and calls out the systemic racism of the Australian criminal justice system.
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There is mounting concern about the risks of COVID19 to prisoners and prison staff across Australia. Public health officials and the WHO have identified prisoners as especially vulnerable to the virus, and prisons as likely vectors of the virus into the community.
Despite vigorous advocacy intended to reduce prison numbers, across Australia prison numbers remain high.
One of the many issues raised by the measures introduced to address the pandemic is the operation of public health orders restricting presence in public places, including offences with heavy penalties. As with many long-standing ‘public order’ offences, police officers have significant discretion when it comes to the enforcement of public health order offences.