5A. What next for supporting people who are justice involved?

Date: Friday 29 October

Time: 11.30AM–01.30PM

Chair: Dr Claire Spivakovsky, University of Melbourne         

Session overview

People involved in the justice system and their families and communities continue to be among the most economically and socially marginalised in Australia. The justice system has become ‘an instrument for the management of dispossessed and dishonoured groups’ (Wacquant 2001, 95); and, amidst the withdrawal of welfare safety-nets, ‘a perverse agency for the delivery of human services to the social refuse of the market society’ (Wacquant 2002, 388). In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protest movement in the USA, Australia and elsewhere, calls for decarceration and community-based supports for criminalised populations have gained a new prominence. In light of these issues, this session will focus on social policy concerns outside the justice system to reduce state reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. Presentations will be followed by a brief panel discussion. 


Place-based responses in geographic areas of concentrated disadvantage
Prof Joe Graffam, Deakin University      

Maintaining family relationships through technology      
Dr Catherine Flynn, Monash University

Towards a theory of change for reintegration services    
Dr Aaron Hart, VACRO     

The disruptive potential of including people with lived experience of the justice system in policy making processes
Jordan Dittloff, Deakin University & Abigail Lewis, VACRO                                                                                                                                                                                 

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