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Friday, November 12, 2021

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02:30 PM AEDT - 04:00 PM AEDT



About the Webinar

Australia’s imprisonment rates are around their highest in a century yet there has been a fall in many types of recorded crime. 

This Productivity Commission research paper Australia’s Prison Dilemma focuses on the following questions arising from that observation.

  • Why are imprisonment rates rising?
  • What is imprisonment costing the Australian community?
  • Are there alternatives to prison which can reduce costs without compromising community safety?

We will discuss these questions and more with our expert panel.

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Presented by:


Stephen King

Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Since joining the Commission in 2016, Stephen has worked on a range of inquiries and research. Alongside Commissioner Richard Spencer, he oversaw the research paper entitled Australia’s prison dilemma.


Helen Coventry

Jesuit Social Services

Helen is the Coordinator of the ReConnect Program, a post-release reintegration support program which works with adults exiting prison who reside in North West Metropolitan Melbourne.


Don Weatherburn

Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Formerly Executive Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Don has written extensively about crime and punishment in Australia.


Nicholas Cowdery

Adjunct Professor at the Sydney Institute of Criminology

Former Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW (1994-2011) and President of the International Association of Prosecutors. Nick has been a criminal law practitioner since 1971 and continues his engagement in criminal justice issues.


Michael Brennan

Chair of the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues that affect the welfare of Australians.

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