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Corrections forum to look for solutions in Melbourne

Media Release

04 March 2009

The Australian Institute of Criminology and Victoria's Department of Justice will jointly host a two-day forum in Melbourne from tomorrow to help find practical solutions to the challenges facing correctional programs in Australia and overseas.

More than 100 delegates from around Australia are expected to attend the conference - Making a difference, responding to need in developing, implementing and evaluating correctional programs.

The forum brings together policy makers and practitioners involved with correctional programs and services, as well as researchers, academics and others with an interest in this area to share current knowledge and directions in correctional programming.

Key themes will include the rehabilitative needs of young adult and Indigenous offenders, with a focus on developing programs, services and evaluation methodologies that incorporate content and techniques specific to their needs.

The forum will convene sessions on topics such as young offenders in community corrections, interventions for Indigenous offenders, female offenders and sex offenders; programming for post-release, and treatment in practice.

Speakers will include the Secretary of Victoria's Department of Justice, Penny Armytage; ACT Corrections Minister John Hargreaves, the AIC's Matthew Willis and Dr Julia Tresidder, and visiting US experts Jack Harne from the National Institute of Justice and Joseph Russo from the National law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center.

The forum will be opened at the Department of Justice offices in Exhibition Street by Victorian Corrections Minister, the Hon Bob Cameron.

AIC media contact: Scott Kelleher, Tel: 02.6260 9244; m: 0418 159525.