Why are some jurisdictions building more prisons? | Why are others investing funds into community based diversion and prevention programs? | Both profess to build safer communities and reduce the rates of reoffending.

What is the best approach?


The 8th ACSO International Criminal Justice Conference will bring together world class international and Australian leaders, who will stimulate innovative thinking and explore realistic solutions that see us building safer, more inclusive communities.

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Hear from our Keynote Speakers:

The Honourable Justice Kofi N Barnes

Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Founding President of the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals

Kofi N BarnesThe Honourable Justice Kofi Barnes founded the highly successful Mental Health and Drug Courts in Canada.

Keynote Address
The Honourable Justice Kofi Barnes will discuss the innovations instigated in the Canadian court system that successfully addresses offending behaviours in those presenting with a dual diagnosis and other complex issues.

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Associate Professor, Angela Hawken

Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

Angela HawkenDr. Hawken has lead research in drug treatment services for high risk offenders, specifically the very successful Hawaii Opportunity for Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) service. She has coauthored two chapters in the United Nations Human Development report, and is a coauthor of Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Keynote Address
Dr Angela Hawken will present an evidence based model successfully used in Hawaii that focuses on rehabilitating parolees with high risk substance taking behaviours.

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Jerry Madden

Former Republican Senator for Texas and Senior Fellow on Right on Crime

Jerry Madden

Jerry is a former Republican Senator and is a Senior Fellow of Right on Crime. Jerry was responsible for implementing a range of justice reinvestment initiatives in Texas which have directly contributed to a reduction of the prison population and improved outcomes for offenders reintegrating into the community

Keynote Address
Jerry Madden will share the justice reinvestment approach implemented in Texas which resulted in a reduction of the prison population and an increase in pre and post prison programs.

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It is the one conference you and your colleagues need to attend this year.

This conference presents an outstanding opportunity to collaborate with sector leaders, policy makers, practitioners, consumers and advocates alike to find the best ways to prevent people entering or re-entering the criminal justice system, and rehabilitating those already there.

You are invited to:

  • hear from leading international and Australian voices who will showcase best practice solutions and present global trends and initiatives to reduce crime;
  • collaborate to unlock cross-sectoral solutions to offending that will make a difference to government, the sector and the community;
  • debate the value of prisons and the worth of justice reinvestment initiatives;
  • scrutinize the usefulness of diversion programs for specialist groups;
  • participate in discussion around the strategies, structures and processes that sees ex-offenders re-enter the community, with a home, a job and opportunities to succeed.

Put simply, this will be a future shaping forum for those who are passionate about reducing recidivism and diverting people from the criminal justice system.

Who will benefit from participating in the workshops and conference.

The conference will bring together community and sector leaders, policy makers through to frontline staff, practitioners, consumers and advocates from across the government, community and health services and the justice sector.

For more information about the conference please contact the Conference Management Office:

Conference Works Pty Ltd
t. +613 9870 2611
e. events@conferenceworks.com.au