The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, police and corrections professionals who have come together to work actively on the administration of criminal justice both in their own jurisdiction and internationally.

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Thinking Beyond the Bars: New Approaches in Sentencing, Corrections, and Restorative Justice

The ISRCL 2020 Conference focuses on sentencing, corrections and innovative approaches to criminal justice taking place on July 13-16, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. The theme "Thinking Beyond the Bars" encompasses new visions for resolving criminal law problems. For more information, please visit the conference website:



The ISRCL is pleased to announce that its 2020 conference will be held from July 13 - 16 in Vancouver, Canada.


In an effort to create a forum for dialogue between various stakeholders, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the Vancouver Police Department jointly hosted a one day event, Symposium: Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The day brought together over 175 justice professionals from an assortment of criminal justice sectors and professional backgrounds in British Columbia to discuss the complexities of working with individuals who are mentally ill and who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It provided an opportunity to deliberate some of the challenges and successes of addressing mental illness within the justice system from the perspective of a variety of participating agencies and provoked discussion, collaboration and understanding about this very important topic. The full report is available here.