Projects

The Criminology and Justice Studies runs a number of innovative projects that aim to address social justice issues and better prepare students for work.

Current projects include

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative

Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative is a joint venture between RMIT University and The Bridge of Hope Foundation that aims to investigate claims of wrongful conviction.

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative (BOHII) at RMIT enables students to investigate suspected wrongful conviction and assist in pursuing these if there is sufficient evidence. People who believe they have been wrongfully incarcerated apply to the initiative to have their case reviewed.

Recognising that the consequences of wrongful conviction can be devastating for individuals and their families, RMIT and the Bridge of Hope Foundation are working together to identify and hopefully overturn cases of wrongful conviction in Victoria’s justice system.

Inside Out Exchange Program

The Inside Out Prison Exchange program in Australia allows small groups of ‘outside’ criminal justice students to study alongside ‘inside’ men and women, behind the prison walls of the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

Originating in the US in 1997, the Inside Out Prison Exchange program aims to increase transformative learning opportunities for men and women, inside and outside of prison, starting a dialogue and inspiring leadership in addressing crime and justice issues.

Piloted in Victoria, the successful Australian program was strongly supported by Corrections Victoria and criminal justice expert and RMIT lecturer Dr Marietta Martinovic, who facilitated the in-prison classes that examined criminal justice systems across the world.

Criminal Case Review Project

The Criminal Case Review Project at RMIT provides an opportunity for students to investigate potential procedural irregularities in the criminal justice system that may have lead to a miscarriage of justice. Students review and report on applications from people who believe there were irregularities in the police investigation, prosecution, and the trial of their criminal case that may have impacted on the outcome.   

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