This presentation will outline how Peter’s 40 years of involvement in services to support people leaving prison, including the establishment of The Brosnan Centre, the Prisoners’ Aid Society (which became VACRO), the Epistle Centre (which later developed into ACSO) and deep involvement in the Victorian prison system as the Victorian Catholic prison chaplain, helped to shape his ideas about breaking the incarceration cycle. This direct experience of daily engagement with prisoners and their families taught Peter more than social work school ever could about the reality faced by those impacted by life inside. He learnt that those released from prison most need stable accommodation, access to employment or training, and most important of all, positive social connectedness.


Mr Peter Norden AO
Deakin University
Adjunct Professor

Biography: Peter Norden is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. In 2016 he was made an Inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.

In 2007 Peter was made an Officer in the Order of Australia ‘for services to community development through social research and programs aimed at assisting marginalised young people and offenders and to the mental health sector’.


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