A Journey to Justice

The State of Justice in a Global Context

Thursday 15 June 

6.00 -7.30pm

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke building, UniSA City West campus

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Professor Baz Dreisinger has visited prisons in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context.  In this forum, she will talk about her prison journey - sharing the diverse views on what 'justice' is, and a wide range of approaches to crime and punishment from across the world. This includes looking into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of the modern prison complex.

Professor Baz Dreisinger is the Founding Academic Director of John Jay's Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and re-entry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Joining this discussion, Professor Mark Halsey will share his knowledge and observations from overseas, as well as his experience running a pilot program in South Australia. His research examines the causes, experiences and consequences of intergenerational incarceration, as well as youth reoffending. Mark jointly led an evaluation of Australia's first Neighbourhood Justice Centre, which aims to address the underlying causes of harmful behaviour and tackle social disadvantage.

This session will be facilitated by Professor Rick Sarre, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice in the School of Law, University of South Australia.

Professor Baz Dreisinger

BazProfessor Baz Dreisinger works at the intersection of race, crime, culture and justice. Her book Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008) was featured in the New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio.

Professor Dreisinger moonlights as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, travel, music and pop culture for such outlets as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, and producing on-air segments about music and global culture for National Public Radio (NPR).


Together with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer, Professor Dreisinger produced and wrote the documentaries Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop, which investigates the New York Police Department’s monitoring of the hip-hop industry, and Rhyme & Punishment, about hip-hop and the prison industrial complex.

Professor Dreisinger's book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World was published in 2016 and was heralded by the New York Times,
Washington Post, NPR and many more.

Professor Dreisinger was named a 2017-2018 Global Fulbright Scholar and is working to internationally replicate the Prison-to-College Pipeline, with a focus on the Caribbean and South Africa. She is currently working on a road map for how prison-to-college pipelines and restorative justice can replace mass incarceration as a system of justice.

Professor Baz Dreisinger: Biography
Twitter: @bazdreisinger, #drBaz
Article: Prison: America’s Most Vile Export?
Incarceration Nations
Prisoner Reentry Institute
How to fix a Broken Prison System using Restorative Justice
Baz Dreisinger Talks Book, Prisons Around The World & Importance of Education in Rehabilitation
The Prison to College Pipeline: Transforming Prisoner's Lives


Professor Mark Halsey 

Mark Halsey is a Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University and Joint Chief Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. He is the recipient of four successive Australian Research Council Grants including a four-year Future Fellowship which examined the causes, experiences and consequences of intergenerational incarceration.

Previous to this work, Mark conducted a decade-long interview based study of repeat offending in a cohort of young men aged 15 to 29 years, resulting in the co-authored book Young Offenders: Crime, Prison & Struggles for Desistance.

In early 2016, Mark was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, California, where he carried out fieldwork in San Quentin State Prison. He has an ongoing interest in therapeutic courts, and from 2007 to 2009 jointly led the evaluation of Australia's first Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

In 2010 he was appointed by the Premier of South Australia to the state's Social Inclusion Board to advise on matters related to serious repeat youth offending. He is the co-author of the recent book entitled Tackling Correctional Corruption (published by Palgrave) and he is currently writing a book on the links between intergenerational trauma and intergenerational imprisonment (with a particular focus on Aboriginal prisoners).

Mark is also joint Chief Investigator on a three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project based on in-depth interviews with convicted gun crime users in two states (SA and NSW). 

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State of imprisonment: South Australia’s prisoner numbers soar, with just 10% of budget for rehab
Call to address corruption in the prison system

Professor Rick Sarre

Rick Sarre is a Professor of Law and Criminal Justice in the School of Law, University of South Australia. He has degrees from Adelaide, Toronto, Canberra, and Umeå, Sweden.

He is the immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, a position he held for four years. He served six years as Chair of Academic Board of UniSA. He has enjoyed teaching criminal justice in the USA, Hong Kong, and Sweden.

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 Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre 

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