6th Biennial Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium

New Approaches to Rehabilitation and Correctional Reform

NEW DATES: May 7 - 9, 2024 | Edmonton, Alberta

MacEwan University (10700 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

A Message from the Conference Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in the Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium!

The 6th Biennial ACJS was scheduled for May of 2023. As many of you are undoubtedly aware, there was an Alberta Provincial election in the month of May. This affected all provincial government employees in that they would not have been able to present nor participate in our Symposium.

As we would greatly miss the valuable input and participation of our provincial partners, and since they represent a substantial number of our potential registrations, we made the decision to POSTPONE the ACJS until May 7 - 9, 2024.

We are encouraging all interested parties to submit a workshop proposal at any time and we will keep those in our files until the fall of 2023, at which time we hope to make our selection. We invite everyone to please let us know if you will consider participation in 2024.

If you have already submitted registration payment, we will be issuing a follow up email shortly. Please contact us if you have not received it yet.

Once again, we regret having to make this decision but we are confident that ACJS 2024 will be better than ever!

We look forward to hearing from you. And thank you for your interest and support.

-- Frank Kense, Conference Coordinator


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 current best practices and new approaches to rehabilitation and correctional reform both within Canada and internationally.

Robbins Health Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

Proposed Key Themes


Aging in the Criminal Justice System

Correctional Reform

Prison and Correctional Reform


Homelessness and the Criminal Justice System


Indigenous Restorative Practices / Alternatives to Formal Justice

Confirmed Speakers


Dr. Chris Giacomantonio

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology



Dr. Meghan Novisky

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Sociology, Cleveland State University



John Reilly

Former Judge, Author, and Speaker



Howard Sapers

Narrator, Justice Sector Policy Advisor, Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Criminology


Symposium Sponsors

ACJS 2022 hosts