Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime

5th Biennial Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium

Considering New Approaches to Rehabilitation and Correctional Reform

May 7 - 9, 2019 | Edmonton, Alberta


Although attitudes to, and practices of, criminal justice implementation have improved dramatically over the past century, there remain many aspects of the criminal justice system in the western world that still require new ways of thinking and implementation. These include effective rehabilitation, creative correctional practices and evidence-based approaches and practices that significantly prevent criminological behaviour or reduce recidivism.

This symposium anticipates a diversity of speakers and workshop presentations that will explore the current best practices in all these areas from within Canada and the international community. 

Robbins Health Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

Proposed Key Themes


Mental Health, Addictions and Diversion


Multiculturalism and Diversity

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Harm Reduction


Youth and Gangs


Restorative Justice / Truth and Reconciliation

Confirmed Speakers


Dr. Bruce Arrigo

Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of North Carolina


Dr. Justin Piché

Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Ottawa


Dr. Kelly Hannah-Moffat

Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

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Howard Sapers

Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform to the Ontario Government and former Correctional Investigator of Canada


Dr. Susie Hulley

Senior Research Associate (Prisons Research Centre), Cambridge University


Dr. Tara Young

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent

Proposal submissions now being accepted

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Symposium Sponsors

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MacEwan University Sociology