Interested community members are invited to the Whyalla Campus of the University of South Australia to attend a presentation by Professor Rick Sarre. The lecture will be begin at 7pm sharp on Thursday 14th April and will be followed by a Q & A session led by Dr. Sarre.
This talk titled THE TOP 10 INITIATIVES TO REDUCE CRIME and DISORDER, presents the author’s ‘top ten’ most workable law reform and justice initiatives that promise to reduce crime, violence and disorder in Australian society today without having to spend any more money on police and prisons.
For the most part, government ‘justice’ promises are narrowly focused, centred on lifting levels of intensive and intrusive policing (“we will put more police on the streets with zero tolerance for crime”), meting out heavier sentences (“we will rack ‘em, pack ‘em and stack ‘em”) and placing less discretion in the hands of those charged with the responsibility of delivering sentences (“we promise mandatory sentencing for those convicted of certain offences”). In common parlance, this has become known as the ‘law and order’ response.
So our expenditures on police and corrections are going steadily up, and, generally speaking, crime is going down, but there is little evidence that the former has led to the latter.
Dr Rick Sarre is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice in the School of Law, University of South Australia where he teaches criminology, policing studies, sports law, commercial law and media law. For the last five years he has been the Chair of the Academic Board of the University, and a member of University Council. He received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation as a nationally recognised tertiary teacher in 2008. He currently serves as the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) and sits on the Board of the International Police Executive Symposium.