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Media invitation: crime and criminal justice conference
12 August 2014

Media are invited to attend the 2014 international conference on National and International Perspectives on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice hosted by the Institute for Security Studies on 14 and 15 August 2014.

The conference will be opened by South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.

This is the 5th event of its kind hosted by the ISS and features more than 50 local and international experts in the field of criminology. They will present on topics ranging from violence prevention, understanding public violence, improving policing and tackling police brutality to correctional reform, reducing corruption, terrorism, and strengthening victim support.



Venue: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg
Full conference programme:
Register or arrange interviews: and
Broadcast media: please arrive with sufficient time to set up equipment.

Day 1

  • A panel discussion on violence, injustice and inequality in countries such as South Africa that are burdened by a history of colonialism and oppression; and how to explain high levels of violence in South African society.
  • Wits University vice chancellor Prof Adam Habib will speak on a panel that explores the nature and causes of public violence and asks whether it is really out of control.
  • A panel on unorthodox approaches to violence prevention includes discussions on how creative advertising techniques can be applied to community safety initiatives.
  • The correctional reform panel will look at electronic monitoring to reduce prison overcrowding, and the gaps in mental health policy in relation to criminal justice and human rights in South Africa.
  • A ground-breaking initiative on reducing youth violence through providing parenting support systems will also be examined.

Day 2

  • Speakers will cover the challenges facing policing in South Africa, with presentations on the Marikana massacre and what commissions of inquiry tell us about the South African police.
  • A parallel session will explore comparative initiatives to reduce gender related violence and includes a presentation on how economic inequality is a source of interpersonal violence in Southern Africa.
  • Experts on the victim and offender support panel will look at counselling as an intervention strategy for men who are violent in their intimate relationships.
  • A terrorism and organised crime panel considers Boko Haram and human trafficking in Nigeria; and the evolution of bombings against transport infrastructure.
  • A session on patterns of crime looks at the motivations of an armed robber, and the reduction in firearm homicide in South Africa.

Jonathon Rees,, 076 185 1827
Anzet du Plessis,, 083 557 2322

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