4th Biennial Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium 2017: International Conference on Exploring Critical Issues in Justice


MacEwan University's Department of Sociology, The John Howard Society of Alberta, and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General (Correctional Services Division) invite you to attend an exciting and interactive three-day conference designed to build knowledge and awareness, share and discover ideas and best practices, and develop strategies to innovate criminal justice policy and practice.

The overall program will consist of 5 Keynote speakers and up to approximately 25 presenters leading the discussion in 16 workshops. The symposium opens with a reception/registration on Tuesday May 9th and ends by 4 pm on Thursday May 11th.

Keynote Speakers:

Eleanor Butt | Policy Advisor, The Howard League for Penal Reform, UK
Will Linden | Strategic Lead, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
Daryl McGraw | Director of Recovery Community Affairs, Yale School of Medicine
Kim Sanderson ADM, |  Correctional Services, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Howard Sapers | Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform for Ontario, former Correctional Investigator of Canada
Eric E. Sterling | Executive Director, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation – Maryland, USA
Graham Stewart | former Executive Director, John Howard Society Canada
Cheryl Webster | Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa

Workshop Subjects include:
Implementing Agency Partnerships in Addressing Youth Violence
The Recovery Model: A Case Study from the US
Alternatives to Sentencing Practices
Criminological Issues around the Legalization of Marijuana
Youth in Gangs a Justice Perspective
Hate Crimes versus Hate Incidents
Failing Bail – Filling Jail
Interdisciplinary Mental Health Programming for Inmates with Complex Needs
Female Indigenous Inmates and the TRC
Crime Prevention Initiatives Targeting At-Risk Alberta Immigrants and Refugees:
Strategies and Outcomes

Conference Fees:
Early Bird - $325
Regular - $395 (after March 17, 2017)
Student - $185 (valid ID will need to be shown at registration)






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  • When

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Thursday, May 11, 2017

  • Where

  • MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre
    10910 104 Ave
    Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4X9


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