Why victims of crime deserve a say in whether offenders are paroled

The recent release on parole of John Worboys, one of Britain’s most-prolific sex offenders, attracted controversy after his victims were not informed or consulted by the parole board. However, the law – and best practice – says they should have been. Under the UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Read More

Are you sure you have my best side?

Today I was lucky enough to watch myself on YouTube in order to edit some raw video footage into smaller videos for my university job. And it was as horrible as I expected – which is perhaps why I’ve been putting off editing multiple videos of me interviewing various people for the last three weeks. Read More

Search for a Supervisor (AKA Which comes first…?)

So I have been musing for a while now – probably about five years – about what exactly should be the focus of my PhD. I’ve pared it back to something to do with victimology, procedural justice, human rights, applied criminology, neuroplasticity and trauma recovery. So you can see I am pretty focused. I have Read More

McLachlan? No relation.

I had an interesting chat yesterday with a tradie about ‘poor Craig McLachlan’ in light of current sexual harassment and assault allegations. Check out: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/hes-calculated-and-manipulative-a-predator-craig-mclachlan-accused-of-indecent-assault-20180107-h0enst for the details. The tradie’s view was that it’s all too easy to get on the allegation band-wagon and that police take this all far more seriously compared with ‘real Read More

Book review: The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I started this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was thinking early on, perhaps this is three stars, maybe four. Then I found that I really enjoyed it. Somehow, Marzano-Lesnevich managed to cross Read More