What Are the Barriers to the Development of Convict Criminology in Australia?


  • Lukas Carey
  • Andreas Aresti University of Westminster
  • Sacha Darke University of Westminster



Author Biographies

Lukas Carey

Dr. Lukas Carey completed his doctorate in education and has worked in the field for most of his career as a coach, teacher, trainer and educator. While filling a role in local government, he was charged with, and convicted of, receiving secret commissions and served time in prison. During and since his incarceration, Lukas developed a strong interest in the role that previously incarcerated people have in the development of policy and procedure in the justice system concerned with education and post-release employment. He is a strong advocate for the importance of Convict Criminology and lived experience in shaping the direction of these policies and practices.

Andreas Aresti, University of Westminster

Dr. Andreas Aresti is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster and has first-hand experience of the criminal justice system and prison. Andreas is committed to penal reform and is actively involved in several projects which aim to improve the lives of those currently incarcerated by emphasizing the importance of education in prisons and the role it can play in facilitating desistance from crime (the process through which people cease and refrain from offending). He is a founding member of British Convict Criminology, a relatively new critical perspective (consisting of ‘ex-con’ and non-ex-con academics) that challenges traditional understandings of crime, the penal system, prisoners/former prisoners, and how matters of criminalization and punishment are conceptualized, represented, and discussed.

Sacha Darke, University of Westminster

Dr. Sacha Darke is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of São Paulo. His teaching and research focuses on Convict Criminology, prisons, state crime, as well as comparative and transnational criminal justice. He is currently involved in research projects on the use and experience of imprisonment in Brazil, and the internationalization of Convict Criminology (with Andreas Aresti and Jeffrey Ian Ross). With Andreas Aresti, he delivers academic mentoring for prisoners and criminology programs at HMP Pentonville, HMP Grendon, and HMP Coldingley in the United Kingdom.