2019 International Criminal Justice Conference
 

TUESDAY SITE TOURS

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of the following tours on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at $40 per person, please confirm your attendance when registering.


DRUG COURT AND NICHOLSON HOUSE

Date & Time: 8.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 19 November 2019
Meeting Point: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gate 3, Level 2, Betty Cuthbert  Lounge
Tickets: $40 per person





DRUG COURT

The unique visible part of the Drug Court's work, and what distinguishes it from the general criminal division of the magistrates court, is the participant review hearing. The day starts with a meeting called a Case Conference, where the team will discuss the progress over the last week of each participant to be seen later that day in court. We look at urine screen results, performance in supervision and counselling sessions and all the other activities undertaken by the individual participant since their last review. We decide what incentives will be offered for positive behaviours and what sanctions will be applied for negative conduct.

NICHOLSON PROGRAM

Nicholson Program is a state-wide Specialist Forensic Disability Accommodation (SFDA) service that offers specialist support to people with an intellectual disability who are involved in the criminal justice system. The program was established in 2015 with the aiming of providing an integrated approach to meeting the diverse and complex reintegration needs of residents involved with the justice system.

Nicholson Program consists of eight residents and incorporates a step-down approach to supporting residents in successfully reintegrating into the community. The program offers a range of living skills, educational training and psycho-social programs, which aim to assist residents to build the necessary skills to re-engage with the community safely, with the view to reducing future contact with the justice system. The site visit tour will include a presentation and guided tour of the entire program, including the intensive and semi-independent areas of the program, the in-house training kitchen and the training/program room.


JUDY LAZARUS TRANSITION CENTRE AND THOMAS EMBLING HOSPITAL

Date & Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm, Tuesday 19 November 2019
Meeting Point: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gate 3, Level 2, Betty Cuthbert Lounge
Tickets: $40 per person





JUDY LAZARUS TRANSITIONAL CENTRE (JLTC)

The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre (JLTC) is a targeted intervention designed to reduce re-offending. It offers motivated male prisoners nearing the end of their sentence the opportunity to access the community on a daily basis to pursue their transitional goals. Residents are assisted to develop knowledge, strengths, skills, supports, relationships and resources needed to aid effective reintegration back into the community.

Practically, JLTC assists prisoners with accessing education/training, employment, stable accommodation, counselling and establishing or improving community and family ties. Residents can apply to do things like visit their families for up to 48 hours each week, attend work experience for 2 days a week, study to gain qualifications, access community support agencies, join community groups (including sports and recreation) and volunteer at community organisations/events. The program is individualised to the specific needs, strengths and goals of each resident. Expectations, activities and levels of support are matched to individual capabilities and needs.

THOMAS EMBLING HOSPITAL

The Thomas Embling Hospital is a secure, forensic mental health hospital operated by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). The hospital currently has 124-beds operating and is located adjacent to extensive parklands in suburban Melbourne. The tour will include a guided walk around the campus and overview of the hospital and the broader service.


KAREENGA PRISON - BAKERY AND BARWON PRISON - PIPER DETENTION UNIT

Date & Time: 12.00pm - 5.00pm, Tuesday 19 November 2019
Meeting Point: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gate 3, Level 2, Betty Cuthbert Lounge
Tickets: $40 per person





KAREENGA PRISON - BAKERY

The Karreenga annexe is located next to the existing Marngoneet Correctional Centre in Lara and will accommodate medium-security male prisoners. The word Karreenga pays respect to the local Wadawurrung Community and is a Koori word meaning to grow. Karreenga will have a strong focus on rehabilitating prisoners and improving their employment prospects once they complete their sentence.

The bakery will supply bread, pastries, pies and other foodstuffs to other prisons around the state. The bakery operation would employ and train some 60 prisoners per shift.

BARWON PRISON - PIPER DETENTION UNIT

Corrections Victoria will soon open a new post-sentence facility in the Barwon South West region. Piper Detention Unit (Piper) is currently under construction in the Barwon Prison precinct, and will house up to 10 offenders.

The facility, similar to Greenhill Detention Unit at Hopkins Correctional Centre, is part of Victoria’s Post Sentence Detention and Supervision Scheme – a civil, non-punitive scheme which has been in operation since 2005.

Offenders housed at Piper will have completed their sentence, but are subject to a court-imposed detention order because they present an unacceptable risk of re-offending, which cannot be suitably managed on a supervision order. These offenders are detained in prison custody as unconvicted prisoners and will be expected to maintain a high level of self-sufficiency, tending to many life management tasks like cooking, cleaning and gardening.