International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

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14 Nov 2017

Transparency International considers New Zealand the least corrupt country in the world. This article takes a critical stance towards their global classification, arguing that it is a perceptions-based measure that ignores the private sector.

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1 Sep 2017

The Model Criminal Code (MCC) was intended to be a Code for all Australian jurisdictions. This paper assesses the MCC as a criminal law reform project and explores questions of how the MCC came into being, and why it took shape in certain ways at...

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1 Sep 2017

This article examines Australia's idiosyncratic approach to the criminalisation of drug driving, highlighting its weak correlation with the important road safety objective of deterring substance-impaired driving, and the risks of both over- and under-criminalisation that it creates.

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1 Sep 2017

This article explores cases in which Indigenous defendants have perceived that an all-white jury’s prejudice against Indigenous people would prevent them receiving a fair trial, and draws comparisons with the United States and Canada.

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1 Sep 2017

This article argues that legal professionals need to have information about how to utilise Victoria's new family violence provisions as well as ongoing training and professional development to promote consistent understandings of family violence across the criminal justice system.

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1 Sep 2017

This article argues that the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides ample evidence of why organisations can and should be criminalised for systemic failures.

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22 May 2017

This article explores the potential for an interdisciplinary concept of digital society to expand and inspire innovative crime and justice scholarship within an emerging field of ‘digital criminology’.

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1 Mar 2017

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This paper explores the nature of relations between public officials and community workers, drawing on empirical data from a study on Indigenous patrols in New South Wales, Australia. Patrol workers interact with public officials from various state entities who are tasked with...

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16 May 2016

Custody abductions and filicides-suicides are not every day occurrences and typically become ‘media events’. Through an analysis of newspaper representations of two custody abductions and one filicide-suicide, this article examines the role played by fathers’ rights discourse in the construction of the separated father in...

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2 Mar 2016

The aim of this paper is to critically engage with the idea that Therapeutic Communities (TCs) can be promoted in England and Wales as a radical alternative to prison for substance users who have broken the law. After grounding the discussion within the normative framework...

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2 Mar 2016

This article examines an ostensibly new feature of the securitised urban landscape: ‘hostile architecture’. Following controversy in 2014 London over ‘anti‐homeless spikes’– metal studs implanted at ground level designed to discourage the homeless from sleeping in otherwise unrestricted spaces – certain visible methods of environmental...

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2 Mar 2016

Drawing on findings from a two‐year empirical study examining the culture of closed‐circuit television (CCTV) operation in the UK, this paper analyses how CCTV camera operators subjectively experience the visual media that they work to produce.

It seeks to excavate some of the social...

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2 Mar 2016

An analysis of the Kony 2012 phenomenon to illustrate how a digital campaign can validate and reproduce subjectivities and structures of domination rather than stimulate sustainable reform‐based change.

Summary In 2012, the Kony 2012 Campaign became the most watched human rights video to...

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2 Mar 2016

Drawing on interview research with compliance staff from the Australian Department of Human Services, this paper critically explores how the rationality of risk figures in the process of welfare surveillance in Australia.

Summary Over the last three decades, welfare states across the West...

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2 Mar 2016

Presented within this article is a systematic discourse analysis of the arguments used by the then Australian Prime Minister and also the Minister for Indigenous Affairs in explaining and justifying the extensive and contentious intervention by the federal government into remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities....

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2 Mar 2016

Addressing the dynamics of interpersonal violence, institutionalised abuses and prisoner isolation, this article consolidates critical analyses as challenges to the essentially liberal constructions and interpretations of prisoner agency and penal reformism. Grounded in long term research with women in prison in the North of Ireland,...

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2 Mar 2016

As audio visual communication technologies are installed in prisons, these spaces of incarceration are networked with courtrooms and other non‐contiguous spaces, potentially facilitating a process of permeability. Jurisdictions around the world are embracing video conferencing and the technology is becoming a major interface for prisoners’...

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2 Mar 2016

This article examines the ways in which offenders are required to provide very particular accounts of themselves and to self‐narrate in confined ways.

Summary Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews conducted in the New South Wales justice system, it explores how the stories...

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16 Oct 2015

In the latter months of 2014, following events in faraway Iraq and Syria, Australia responded forcefully at home. The manufactured fear of a terrorist attack resulted in police raids, increased counter‐terrorism legislation and scare campaigns to alert the public to 'threat'. Although Islamophobia rose in...

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16 Oct 2015

Campaigns against the halal certification of food in Muslim‐minority societies reveal the shift in the representation of Muslims from a visible, alien presence to a hidden, covert threat. This paper uses one such campaign in Australia as a point of entry for analysing the ramifications...