2019 International Criminal Justice Conference





Jon Faine has recently left the ABC after 30 years as a radio and TV presenter. For 23 years he was the articulate and challenging host of a daily Melbourne current affairs radio programme but he began his professional life as a lawyer, in commercial litigation for four years in a major city firm before joining Fitzroy Legal Service for three years in the 1980s.

Jon has also been a scriptwriter for a number of TV shows and feature films, hosted TV shows and contributed to national and local print publications. He has been a regular columnist for legal profession magazines, hosted national and international conferences and delivered keynote speeches for universities, the state library and various professional conferences.

After 30 years as a failed shock jock Jon Faine is now washing dishes, walking dogs and fiddling with old cars in his shed. Unlike other radio tyrants, Jon maintains an active interest in democracy as a solution to humanity’s challenges.




David Johnston is a Foundation Board Member and Director of the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

He is an archaeologist and anthropologist and Director of Aboriginal Archaeologists Australia with an Archaeology Master’s Degree – Institute of Archaeology, University College, London and Archaeology & Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) – The Australian National University.

David is also the Founding Chair of the Australian Indigenous Archaeologists Association and in 2014 was the recipient of the Commonwealth Government’s National Heritage Award – the "Sharon Sullivan National Heritage Award" – for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Indigenous heritage environment and policy and for his continuing influence on practice.

David was recently awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation in the inaugural Alumni of the Year Award category for 2017 ANU Alumni Awards.

Over 30 years, David has held numerous positions on Commonwealth Government, State and Territory Heritage Advisory Boards, including Indigenous Research Ethics Committee, etc.

He has worked as an archaeologist in the Eastern states of Australia since 1990 from mining to urban development projects. In that time, he has completed over 2000 archaeological and Indigenous heritage projects.

David’s particular skills are to find mutually beneficial solutions and outcomes for our clients and the local Aboriginal community, particularly in regards to larger projects where Indigenous heritage issues require complex consultations.

Conserving the nation’s Aboriginal heritage is David’s passion.




Ben Carroll was born and raised in Airport West where his family have lived for over 40 years. He attended local schools, St Christopher’s Primary and St Bernard’s College, and although not a naturally gifted athlete Ben played over 50 games for the mighty Airport West Football Club.

After earning a scholarship from La Trobe University, Ben completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics, before later completing a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws in Global Business Law. Ben has over 15 years’ worth of experience in public service, including as a lawyer for the Victorian Government, adviser to Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and as a volunteer in community legal centres.

First elected as the Member for Niddrie on the 24th of March 2012, Ben has committed his time in parliament to serving the community he loves and the people of Melbourne’s north-west. Shortly after his election Ben served on the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee which undertook a ground-breaking inquiry into the supply and use of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ice’.

On 23 December 2014 Ben was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Justice where he worked with his colleagues to crack down on puppy farms. In October 2017, Ben was appointed the Minister for Industry and Employment. The son of small business owners, Ben has always understood the critical role small businesses play in local communities. As Minister for Industry and Employment he did not waste a day supporting local businesses or their workers.

Through targeted industry support programs, the Victorian Government created 6000 manufacturing jobs and saw Victorian Manufacturing grow for 17 consecutive months in 2017-18, the longest growth period for the sector since records began.

He also oversaw the implementation of Australia’s first ever local jobs first legislation, which set clear minimum targets for local content and apprenticeships on all Victorian Government Strategic Projects

As Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben launched Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework, a national first. Using the Government’s buying power, the Framework enabled buyers and suppliers to deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes that benefit the Victorian community, economy and environment.

Ben also offered significant support to Victorian Social Enterprises, particularly those that employ and support Victorians who face significant barriers to finding work, like Specialisterne.

Following the 2018 Victorian State Election Ben was returned with an increased margin and subsequently appointed Minister for Crime Prevention, Corrections, Youth Justice and Victim Support.



Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010,

Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best economist under 40.

His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018) and Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019). Andrew is a keen marathon runner, and hosts a podcast titled "The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation", which is available on Apple Podcasts.

Andrew is the father of three sons - Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.




Adam Gelb has been working for a more just and effective criminal justice system throughout a 32-year career as a journalist, congressional aide, senior state government official, and nonprofit executive.He currently is founder, president and CEO of the Council on Criminal Justice, an invitational nonpartisan membership organization and think tank dedicated to advancing policy and practice grounded in facts, evidence and fundamental principles of justice.

From 2006-2018, Gelb led the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project, producing groundbreaking national research that documented the high cost and low public safety return of traditional sentencing and corrections policies and helping 35 states develop, adopt and implement increasingly comprehensive and impactful criminal and juvenile justice reforms.

Gelb’s first job out of the University of Virginia was as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering police and the drug war at its height in the late 1980s. After earning a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he staffed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during negotiations and final passage of the landmark 1994 federal crime bill. From 1995 to 2000, as policy director for the lieutenant governor of Maryland, Gelb established several initiatives that focused enforcement and prevention efforts on at-risk people and neighborhoods. He served as executive director of the Georgia Sentencing Commission from 2001 to 2003 and, before joining Pew, as vice president for programs at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse where he oversaw youth reentry and methamphetamine control programs.

Gelb speaks frequently with the media about national trends and state innovations and advises policy makers on formulation of practical, cost-effective policies.




John Silvester is Victoria’s most experienced crime reporter and has covered the beat since the late 1970s.

He has written, edited and published crime books that have sold more than 1 million copies in Australia and has won industry awards for print, radio, television and on-line reporting.

His work was adapted into the top rating Underbelly television series shown on Channel Nine and he has acted as presenter in a series of critically acclaimed television crime documentaries.

He won the 2007 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year and was highly commended in the same award in 1998 and 2014.

In 2008 he was judged the Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporter of the Year.

He has won eight Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, ten Victorian Law Foundation Awards, four Walkley Awards, a Ned Kelly Award for true crime writing and a Ned Kelly lifetime achievement award.

He presented the ABC documentary Trigger Point, an in depth examination of police shootings in Victoria and Conviction – the Logie winning ABC special on the murder of Jill Meagher.

He is the senior crime reporter for The Age and writes the Walkley Award winning Naked City column. He appears weekly on 3AW as crime commentator Sly of the Underworld. He has given evidence in Royal Commissions on crime and corruption.

He is a professional public speaker who regularly addresses, police, judicial, legal and corporate conferences.



James Ogloff is trained as a lawyer and psychologist. He is Foundation Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology. He is also Executive Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare.

Professor Ogloff was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to education and to the law as a forensic psychologist, as an academic, researcher and practitioner.

Professor Ogloff has specific expertise in forensic psychology, forensic mental health, mental health law, and the assessment and management of offenders. He has particular expertise in correctional and forensic mental health. In his clinical work, he assesses and assists with the management of some of the most difficult offenders in Australia and abroad. He is often called upon to lead incident and service reviews in corrections, forensic mental health, youth justice and mental health. He served as British Columbia’s first Director of Mental Health Services for Corrections. He is the Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and a former Chair of the College of Forensic Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association and a Past-President of the American Psychology-Law Society.

Professor Ogloff has published 17 books and more than 300 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has served as editor and associate editor of leading scholarly journals in his field. He is the recipient of the distinguished contributions awards in law and psychology/forensic psychology from the Australian Psychological Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.




Dana Kaplan is the Deputy Director of Justice Initiatives and Close Rikers at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), where she leads the office’s efforts to Close Rikers Island.Prior to her current role, Ms. Kaplan led the office’s implementation of Raise the Age to move 16 and 17 year olds into the juvenile justice system and off Rikers Island, coordinated the Mayor’s Action Plan (MAP) for Neighborhood Safety, a $210.5 million initiative to reduce violence in public housing, and co-chaired the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline.

Previously, Ms. Kaplan was the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, a New Orleans based non-profit legal and advocacy organization. The organization’s accomplishments under her leadership include the development of statewide juvenile detention center standards, the revision of the New Orleans school discipline code and policies for District school security officers, and bringing the state of Louisiana into compliance with the US Supreme Court decision that life without parole for juveniles for non-homicide offenses was unconstitutional.

She has also been a Soros Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) focused on detention reform, where she worked with community groups and government on developing alternatives to detention and downsizing local jails in states including Tennessee, California, Ohio, Louisiana and New York. She was the State-wide Organizer for the New York Campaign for Telephone Justice, a partnership between CCR and two prison family organizations that successfully reduced the cost of all phone calls from New York State prisons by fifty percent.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the John Gardner Fellowship for Public Service and a Masters from the CUNY Graduate Center with a certificate in American Studies.



After spending nearly five years in Victoria’s Maximum Security prison for women, Kerry was released with her Master of Arts (commenced and completed during this period) and was successful in her Candidature for her Doctorate.

Whilst incarcerated she was the lead Peer Educator which involved liaising, negotiating and advocating for and on behalf of every woman prisoner for the term of her sentence. She was sole representative for the community of women in appearing with them in Governor Courts, Magistrate and County Court Pleas, Parole Board submissions and DHS negotiations. She was granted her own office in prison where she represented over 4,000 in hearings. For the last six months of her sentence, Kerry worked by day at a law firm in Werribee, returning to the prison at night. Kerry continues in this role since being released and advocates for post-release women in the community. Through her public speaking she continues to support large organisations that benefit women and prison such as Court Network, Wear for Success, Legal Aid and CASA.

During her incarceration Kerry wrote an interactive children’s colouring and story book that was specifically designed to encourage visitations between Carer’s and the incarcerated mother’s and their children. The prison published the book and it has been widely distributed through prisons, legal and community agencies.She donated all rights to the book to the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

Most recently Kerry conducted Training Workshops on ‘Middle Class Crime’ with the Victorian Adult Parole Board in Melbourne.

Kerry continues to be actively involved in Podcasts, Author Talks, Law Week Panels and individual mentoring of women travelling though the court and prison systems on charges of Fraud.




Andrew Krakouer has felt the highs of football stardom, lived the lows of incarceration and inspired others to overcome adversity. This is his incredible story of love, support, family and determination.

The son of indigenous VFL pioneer Jim Krakouer, who alongside his brother Phil, dominated the game in the 1980’s, it was no surprise that Andrew would reignite the family name in the football world. Despite his legendary lineage, Andrew became an acclaimed footballer in his own right, appearing in an impressive 137 AFL game career (Richmond 102, Collingwood 35) with numerous accolades to his name.

Andrew made his AFL debut at Richmond Football Club and was quickly recognised as one of the games key crumming forwards, known for his tackling prowess and excellent evasive skills.

In 2006, he found himself at the centre of an altercation sparked by a multigenerational feud. Krakouer was charged with assault and sentenced to 4 years in jail.

In a blink of an eye, Andrew's highlights, hopes and hard work cascaded beneath him, as incarceration saw him delisted from Richmond, separated from his loved ones and stripped of his freedom.

Rather than lament in the pains of prison, Andrew took full responsibility for his actions and made a resolution; to give unwavering dedication to every aspect of his life.

In 2010, after serving just 16 months, Andrew was granted parole and returned to football playing for the District Swans in the WAFL. A testament to his sheer tenacity, that same year, he won every individual award, including the Sandover medal for the league’s best player.

He was best afield in the Grand Final that year, amassing 42 possessions, 4 majors including a match-winning goal in the last minute to snatch a fairytale 1-point victory.

Andrew was signed by Collingwood to play in the 2011 season. In a breakout season, he was awarded ‘Mark of the Year’ and finished the season 2nd in the clubs goal kicking tally, including 3 goals in an outstanding Grand Final performance against Geelong.

Within just 2 years, he achieved the unimaginable; from staring at the ceiling of a cell, to starring in the nations biggest stadium.

The importance of family, the benefits of a supportive network, and the highlights of winning are the hallmarks that attribute Andrew’s success and resilience; teaching us that resolve can be found even when faced with an unbearable obstacle.




Keenan Mundine is a proud First Nations man with connections to the Biripi Nation of NSW through his mother who is from Taree and ties to the Wakka Wakka Nation in Queensland through his Father who is from Cherbourg.

Keenan is the youngest of three boys and grew up in Redfern, notoriously known as “The Block”. Keenan had a rough start to his childhood after losing both parents at a young age, being placed in care, separated from his siblings and growing up unsupported with negative role modelling.

Keenan faced his own difficulties in life and made some poor decisions in his adolescence which resulted to his lengthy involvement with the justice system. Keenan found his passion in giving back to his community and working with people who have similar experiences to him.

Keenan is passionate about creating systemic, individual and collective change for those affected by the justice system. He is a strong advocate for change within the social justice space and for people to be given a voice to become experts of their own lives. Keenan’s seeks to provide practitioners with the skills and knowledge to provide culturally competent solutions for reintegration, diversion, early intervention, prevention and pre/post release support for First Nations people who have justice system or out of home care (OOHC) involvement.

Keenan’s journey inspired him and his wife to create a unique, community led solution and response to the current mass incarceration crisis of First Nations people. With the combined practical experience of Keenan’s lived experience and his wife’s professional skills and academic qualifications, as First Nations people they are committed to changing the narrative for their mob and communities.

The foundation of Deadly Connections is grounded in culture and empowering our communities. As the only culturally specific, specialist agency that specifically focuses on the out of home care and justice system – we are in a unique position to create positive change for the people, families and communities we work with.

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