Restorative policing: ACT Chief Police Officer and expert criminologists in conversation

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Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 06 June 2017


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Lawrence Sherman, Heather Strang and Justine Saunders


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

We are thrilled to be hosting this exciting panel discussion between the ACT Chief Police Officer, Justine Saunders, and expert criminologists Larry Sherman and Heather Strang from Cambridge University.

The panel will debate the positives and negatives of restorative justice from the perspective of the police, the victims and the offenders, and discuss the latest programs for reducing re-offending in Australia as well as in the Northern hemisphere. The panel will also be open to questions from the audience.

The discussion will be facilitated by RegNet’s John Braithwaite, who has pioneered research in the field of restorative justice - an alternative approach to reducing rates of re-offending, which seeks to bring together the offender and the victim in a supervised environment to discuss the harm that has been done, with a focus on the offender taking responsibility and repairing that harm.

A light, sandwich lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP at this webform by midday 2 June 2016.

This is a meeting of the Canberra Restorative Community Network hosted by RegNet, Australian National University

About the Speakers

Professor Lawrence W. Sherman is Director of the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge, where he has served as Wolfson Professor of Criminology since 2007. He is also Director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology and Chair of the Cambridge Police Executive Programme. His research interests are in the fields of crime prevention, evidence-based policy, restorative justice, police practices and experimental criminology. For more detail visit his profile.

Dr. Heather Strang is Director of the Police Executive Programme and the Master’s degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She is also Director of Research at the Cambridge Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology and an expert in the management of randomized controlled trials, exploring a wide range of topics in criminology. Heather previously served for ten years as Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice at the Australian National University, managing the four randomised controlled trials in restorative justice known as the RISE experiments. Her research interests include the effects of crime and justice on victims of crime, the diversion of cases from prosecution to alternative disposals, as well as the application of restorative justice conferences in criminal justice as both a supplement to and diversion from prosecution. More recently she has been involved in research in the United Kingdom on police responses to domestic violence, co-directing randomised trials on programs designed to prevent repeat domestic abuse. Dr Strang has been invited to lecture on her research by universities, societies and governments in many countries around the world and has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. For more detail visit her profile.

Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders APM has been a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for 27 Years. She spent her first 10 years performing a range of community policing functions and detective roles in general and specialised investigative areas within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Assistant Commissioner Saunders then moved into the National AFP arena where she undertook leadership roles in operational teams responsible for transnational crime, drug importations, people smuggling, counter terrorism, fraud and intelligence. She commenced the role of the Chief Police Officer for the ACT on November 2016. For more detail visit her profile.

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