Shifting Focus: From Criminal Justice to Social Justice

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Using evidence-based policy to build better and safer communities

Instead of throwing increasing amounts of taxpayers’ money at an ineffective prison system, we should be investing in communities by way of prevention and early intervention strategies, addressing the marginalization associated with offending behaviour, and thereby reducing crime.

This is the core message which the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Barnardos and IAYPIC (Irish Association of Young People in Care) will deliver by way of a 1-day Conference, Shifting Focus: From Criminal Justice to Social Justice, on Thursday 23rd Sept, 2010 in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St, Dublin 1.


The event will bring together leading experts to examine the connections between social policy and crime, identify the gaps for effective interventions, and present best practice examples of evaluated prevention and intervention programmes. We will then put it to a cross-party panel of politicians to tell us how our proposal can be translated into meaningful political action.

The panellists are: Sen. Dan Boyle (Green), Mary O’Rourke TD (FF), Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD (SF), Pat Rabbitte TD (Lab) and Alan Shatter TD (FG).
Speakers include: Prof Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh; Prof. Pat Dolan, Director of the Child and Family Research Centre in NUI, Galway; Prof Nick Frost, Professor of Social Work (Childhood, children and families), Leeds Metropolitan University; and Dr. Paul O’Mahony, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

Organisations that will present include: Barnardos, IAYPIC, Incredible Years (Archways), Families First, Jigsaw youngballymun, Catholic Youth Care and An Garda Siochána.

Shifting Focus: From Criminal Justice to Social Justice takes place on Thursday 23rd September, from 9.30am-4.30pm, in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St, Dublin 1.

More details available here and the Conference Programme is available here.

 

One Response

  1. Hanora Brennan

    October 24, 2010 11:22 am

    What a great nation of talkers we are. Problems are easily recognisable but it’s the tackling of those problems that takes the courage. I see damn all courage in any strata of society other than greed and corruption. Any wonder our young have no regard for the law or society? We have had moral erosion exposed and society is jaded. Less talk more action.