In the News: Dr Kelly Richards Discussing Alternatives to Youth Detention


Dr Kelly Richards from the Crime and Justice Research Centre has recently been featured in an ABC News report discussing Youth Detention in Tasmania. Dr Richards explains that youth detention is incredibly ineffective in rehabilitating young offenders and reducing their rates of recidivism. Instead, she argues that community-based rehabilitative programs are a more effective alternative as they repair the harm caused by the offender to the victim/s and community.

To view the report, click here (report featured at 19:28mins)


Recently Published: “Addressing the offending-related needs of non-violent Indigenous offenders” by Dr Kelly Richards


Dr Kelly Richards, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, and a member of QUT’s Crime and Justice Research Centre, recently released a research report on the needs of non-violent Indigenous offenders. The research was funded by the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse (IJC), which aims to promote discussion and provide policy-relevant information on Indigenous justice issues to governments and those working in the Indigenous justice field (see Read more

Recently Published: “The ACA effect: Examining how current affairs programs shape victim understandings and responses to online fraud”

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Dr Cassandra Cross and Dr Kelly Richards, both researchers in the Crime and Justice Research Centre, recently published an article in a special issue of Current Issues In Criminal Justice, guest edited by Dr Alyce McGovern of the University of New South Wales. The special edition, which focused on crime, media and new technologies, features a number of established and emerging scholars from Australia and abroad. Read more

CJRC Research Being Presented at 2015 ANZSOC Conference


The Crime and Justice Research Centre has been well-represented by Centre members and postgraduate students at this year’s annual ANZSOC conference in Adelaide, hosted by Flinders University.  Read more

Evaluation of the crime prevention and community safety impacts of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYCs) in Queensland

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In 2013, the Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (QPCYWA) provided funding for researchers from QUT’s Crime and Justice Research Centre to undertake an evaluation of the crime prevention and community safety impacts of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYCs) in Queensland. The researchers – Dr Cassandra Cross, Dr Angela Dwyer and Dr Kelly Richards – drew on their combined experience researching policing, young people and communities to conduct the research. Read more

New Book — “Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia (5th Ed)”       Juvenile Justice : Youth and Crime in Australia - Chris Cunneen

QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre criminologist Dr Kelly Richards has released a new book with Oxford University Press, with co-authors Professors Chris Cunneen (UNSW) and Rob White (UTas). The book, Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia, Fifth edition explores young people and crime in Australia, and provides an overview of the institutions and agencies associated with the administration of youth justice in Australia’s jurisdictions. Following detailed outlines of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of youth crime and responses to it, the book explores in-depth a range of topical youth justice issues, including: Indigenous young people’s contact with the criminal justice system; young women and crime; ethnic minority young people’s criminality; and the intersections of class, youth and crime. Responses to youth offending, such as policing measures, detention and restorative justice conferencing, are also discussed. Read more

Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz headed to European Conference on Domestic Violence

CJRC Director Molly Dragiewicz will travel to the European Conference on Domestic Violence in Belfast from 6-9 September, 2015.

She will present Psychological abuse: Insights from emerging research on romance fraud and domestic violence, co-authored with Dr. Cassandra Cross and Dr. Kelly Richards.

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CJRC staff headed to European Society of Criminology meetings


Researchers from the Crime and Justice Research Centre are headed to the European Society of Criminology Conference in Porto, Portugal 2-5 September, 2015. They will present a range of individual and collaborative work.

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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”


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.