'Jailing in Failing' – Reforming our criminal justice system


Robert Tickner, AO

Robert Tickner, AO is Chair of the Justice Reform Initiative. Robert was Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs during the Hawke and Keating governments and led the Government’s response to the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission. In his life after politics, Robert served as CEO of the Australian Red Cross and has been a strong campaigner for reform of the criminal justice system and nuclear disarmament.

Dr Mindy Sotiri

Dr Sotiri is the Inaugural Executive Director of the Justice Reform Initiative. She has worked in criminal justice system settings as an advocate, community sector practitioner, academic, researcher, and policy and service delivery reform specialist for more than twenty years. Most recently, she served as Program Director of Advocacy, Research and Policy at the Community Restorative Centre in Sydney.

Dr Vicky Nagy

Dr Vicky Nagy is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, at the University of Tasmania. Vicky teaches a wide range of subjects, including Crime and Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention. Her research focuses on female offending, historical criminology, and criminological teaching and learning practices.


  • JRI, The State of the Incarceration Nation: A Briefing to Australia’s Members of Parliament (2020), available at: https://www.justicereforminitiative.org.au/resources
  • JRI, State of Incarceration: Tasmania’s Broken Criminal Justice System (April 2021), available at: https://www.justicereforminitiative.org.au/resources