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June 2010

Saturday 5th

Societies in Transition

Ninth Biennial International Conference - Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Advisory Council of Human Rights of the Kingdom of Morocco and Hassan II University, is pleased to announce its Ninth Biennial International Conference to be held in the City of Marrakesh from June 2 to June 5, 2010.

The theme of the conference is: Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition. The conference, designed to promote international and interdisciplinary understanding of justice issues in its broadest sense, aspires to bring together scholars, practitioners, government leaders, police officials, advocates and international more

Wednesday 9th

ICPA 2nd Latin American Regional Seminar

Buenos Aires Intercontinental Hotel, Argentina
The Argentine Federal Penitentiary Service and the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) - Latin American Chapter is organising the IInd Latin American Regional Seminar entitled: “Key Problems of the Region and Opportunities for Penitentiary Reform in Latin America”.

The Seminar will take place in the City of Buenos Aires on the 9-11 June 2010 and will be held in the Buenos Aires Intercontinental Hotel. Registration is free, though places are limited. Participants are responsible for their own the accommodation and travel costs.

The seminar will consist of presentations by international experts, workshops and visits to penitentiary facilities. The Seminar has been developed around four main topics:

1. Violent acts, deaths and suicide in a confinement context;
2. Young-Adults” treatment;
3. Women in Prisons;
4. Training for the Penitentiary Personnel and Human Rights.

A presentation and discussion on the role of private sector in the correctional environment will also take place.

The central rationale for the Seminar is to create a global forum for correctional professionals that will allow, through the sharing of worldwide experiences, the development of approaches and strategies for penitentiary issues that take account of the Latin American reality. For this reason, the seminar will afford ample space for discussion and for the sharing of best practice among a solid international network of correctional professionals.

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Wednesday 23rd

Abolition, Reform and the Politics of Global Incarceration

Queen's University, Belfast
The 13th Biennial International Conference on Penal Abolition is to be held over three days in Belfast on 23-25 June 2010. It will open at 10am on Wednesday 23rd in the Council Chamber, Lanyon Building at Queen”s University. On Friday 25th June it will move to the community and will end that evening with a buffet meal and a music session.

To keep costs manageable, accommodation and meals are not provided at the conference but there are affordable places to eat close by and we have provided a range of accommodation alternatives in the vicinity. Thus, there will be no registration fee. We request a contribution to the final evening”s function.

There will be no prison visit because we know it would be stage-managed. However, we will be showing two films during the conference: Mickey B a contemporary adaptation of Macbeth set in Maghaberry Prison and acted by long-term prisoners. It received its world premiere this April at the Belfast Film Festival to universal acclaim.

There will be a Panel QandA after the showing with the Director and one of the prisoners who has since been released. There will also be a showing of H3 a film made on the 1981 hunger strikes and written by Laurence McKeown and Brian Campbell, both former prisoners. There will be a Qand A with Laurence after the screening.

Please complete the Registration Form and email to:

Deaglan Coyle
0044 28 9097 3472

Final Call for Papers

Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice

Friends House, London, UK
Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice: Ethics, Effectiveness and Economics of Interventions - The Second European Conference of the CONNECTIONS Project
23-25 June 2010

The conference will look at a range of interventions and treatments, from harm reduction to drug free “recovery”. The premise is that no one treatment modality can deal effectively with the complex range of presented needs for clients in the criminal justice system. The task of the conference is to discuss and debate how best the different components can be combined most effectively.

Do you have an interesting experience in working with drug users in the criminal justice system, in the area of practice, research, advocacy, policy development? Do not miss the deadline for submitting the abstract, which needs to be received at the latest by the 14 February 2010.

More information, registrations and abstracts submission at