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Time to explore the path towards prison abolition!
Members' Lunch with Professor Peter Norden AO
Prof Andrea Hull AO
March 28, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm$80.00 – $95.00
Australian adult prisoner numbers continue to rise. The Australian Bureau of Statistics updated their key findings this month.
The number of prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 4% from 41,202 at 30 June 2017 to 42,974 at 30 June 2018, between 2017 and 2018 the national imprisonment rate increased by 3% from 216 to 221 prisoners per 100,000 adult population.
The number of unsentenced prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 7%, from 12,911 at 30 June 2017 to 13,856 at 30 June 2018. Victoria had the largest change in unsentenced prisoners, increasing 22% (or 485 prisoners) from 30 June 2017. Sentenced prisoners increased by 3% from 28,199 to 29,030 prisoners.
Female prisoner numbers increased at a faster rate than male prisoners in 2018, up 10% (326 prisoners) from 30 June 2017 to a total of 3,625 prisoners. Male prisoners increased 4% (1,438 prisoners) in the same time frame, still, males continue to comprise the majority of the Australian prison population accounting for 92% of total prisoners.
‘It is critical that we do not allow prisons to draw in ordinary citizens, who are not initially serious offenders, but whose major issue is one of substance misuse or a disability.’ – Prof Peter Norden AO
Peter is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.
In 2016, he was appointed a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology ‘for his contribution to the field of criminal justice over forty years’.
His previous academic appointments included being the Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2009 – 2011) where he was based in the Melbourne Law School, and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University (2011 – 2017) where he taught extensively in the social policy, legal studies and mental health fields.
Peter has a long history of direct involvement in the community services sector, having been the Catholic Chaplain to Pentridge Prison (1985-1992) and the Founder of the non-government organisation, Jesuit Social Services, where he worked as their Chief Executive Officer from 1995 – 2002 and their Policy Director from 2002-2008.
On Australia Day 2007, Peter was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia ‘for services to community development through social research and programs aimed at assisting marginalised young people and offenders, to the mental health sector, and to the Catholic Church in Australia’.
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