The prison paradox

You wouldn’t know it by watching the nightly news, but crime in New South Wales has dropped by 75 percent in the past 15 years. Yet imprisonment rates are rising at an alarming rate – in fact, incarceration is at its highest since federation in 1901. 

So why is punishment up when crime is down? In this talk, Garner Clancey will reveal the political agenda and media coverage fixated on ‘getting tough on crime’, pushing our prisons to breaking point and costing taxpayers $2 billion a year.


When it comes to crime prevention, Garner Clancey is a big believer in early intervention and community engagement. He’s so passionate about this that he even developed his own crime prevention consultancy after working with Justice NSW and the NSW Police. 

A senior lecturer in criminology, Garner has more than 25 years of experience working in the criminal justice sector. His research presents opportunities for using design to combat crime and developing alternatives to incarceration.

8:00 PM @Royal Albert Hotel, 140 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills | Entrance over 18

Also speaking at Royal Albert Hotel at 6:30pm is Anne Twomey