New CJRC research on Public views about Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)

Crime and Justice Research Centre member Dr Kelly Richards has recently published a study with Associate Professor Kieran McCartan (University of the West of England) on public views about Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA). COSA are an innovative measure designed to reintegrate child sex offenders into the community following a period of incarceration, and aim to reduce offenders’ risk of reoffending. COSA emerged in Canada in the 1990s and are well-established in North America and Europe. While the effectiveness of COSA has been researched previously, little has been documented about what the public think about this criminal justice program. Read more

Last chance to register for upcoming symposium: “Identifying, understanding and responding to child sex offending”

The Crime and Justice Research Centre invites guests to attend an upcoming research seminar focusing on identifying, understanding and responding to child sex offending.

The seminar will be held on Thursday 16 March 2017 from 2-5pm in QUT Gardens Theatre Foyer, X Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000.

To register for this event, please click here.

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Today’s Seminar with QUT’s Dr Kelly Richards: “Restorative Justice, Risk, and Circles of Support and Accountability: Managing Child Sex Offenders in the Community”

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Dr Kelly Richards from QUT’s School of Justice will present a seminar today about the practice of Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) being used to support convicted child sex offenders with their reintegration into communities following their release from prison. This presentation will use the practice of CoSA as a case study to consider the competing paradigms of risk and restoration in the criminal justice sphere. While CoSA have long been established in other jurisdictions including Canada, the UK, Europe, New Zealand, and parts of the USA, the first Australian pilot was only announced in March 2015.

The seminar will be held at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus from 12noon-2pm.

For more information, please click here. 

Upcoming Seminar: “Restorative Justice, Risk, and Circles of Support and Accountability: Managing Child Sex Offenders in the Community”

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The Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society (CSSRS) will host an upcoming seminar by QUT’s Dr Kelly Richards from 12-2pm on Friday 7th August 2015.

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