The ACJRD 24th Annual Conference “Criminal Justice and Public Health: Policy and Practice Post-Pandemic” will take place online on Friday, 8th October, 2021, between 9 am and 5 pm.

This year’s conference will focus on the opportunities and plans to continue the rollout of policy and practice changes that were implemented during the pandemic, together with other welfare-focused policies and practices that are on the threshold of implementation at this time.

National and international speakers will explore opportunities to reboot the Criminal Justice System in a constructive manner, through reflection on the lessons learned during this critical period. 

This full day conference will appeal to those working in government agencies and in the community to include policymakers, practitioners, academics, and those involved in civil society groups from a wide range of disciplines, within or tangential to the Criminal Justice System that focus on the victims and perpetrators of crime.

Non-members of ACJRD are welcome to attend this event. Registration will be facilitated during September.

Conference plenary speakers will include: 

  • Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services Bureau: A Sustainable ‘Leaning-In’ Model for Preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) – ‘Operation Faoiseamh. 
  • Angela Denning CEO Courts Service: Shaping the Future of Criminal Justice Post-Pandemic 
  • Professor Oran Doyle, Lead, Trinity College Dublin Covid-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory: Parity of Esteem – Balancing an Operational Criminal Justice System with individual right.  
  • Professor Lesley McAra, Professor of Penology, University of Edinburgh Law School  Justice for Children and Young Adults in a Time of Pandemic. 
  • Professor Mike Nellis, Centre for Law Crime & Justice University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: Prospects for the Ethical Usage of Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Justice.

The Conference will also feature a Panel Discussion, details of which will be confirmed later.

Conference breakout Thematic Sessions with multiple speakers will explore:

  • Empathic Criminal Justice Sector Responses to Client Welfare Needs.
  • A Therapeutic Model for Engagement by Vulnerable Persons in the Criminal Justice System.
  • A Welfare Reframing of how Justice is Delivered.
  • Reflections on Changing Crime Patterns during Pandemic.
  • New Practice

Confirmed Thematic Speakers will include:

  • Fergal Black, Director of Care & Rehabilitation, Irish Prison Service: Prisoner Welfare – A New Perspective Post-Pandemic.
  • Noeline Blackwell, CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: Victim Support in Sexual Offence cases - Implementation of O’Malley Review (working title)
  • Victim Support in Sexual Offence cases - Implementation of O’Malley Review (working title)
  • Dr Kerry Devitt, Senior Probation Researcher at The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd: A Blended Delivery of Probation Service.
  • Fiona Donnelly, Solicitor, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queens University Belfast: Training Intermediaries to Support Due Process (working title).
  • Kevin Fidgeon, The Courts Service: Videoconferencing in Court.
  • Dr Geraldine O’Hare, Director of Rehabilitation, Probation Board for Northern Ireland: Addiction and Mental Health Support.
  • Dr. Maria Grazia Porcedda, Assistant Professor, Law, Trinity College Dublin: On Black Swans: Covid-19, Cybercrime and Large-Scale Cyberattacks in Ireland?
  • John Reddy, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY): Building on Garda Youth Diversion Programme and Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes & Practice (REPPP) in Youth Justice.
  • Ben Ryan, Head of Policy for Criminal Justice, Department of Justice: Supporting Community Safety: A Partnership between Service Providers and Communities.

Further information including booking details will be circulated to the ACJRD mailing list and made available on in due course.