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ACJRD Celebrates 20 years

2016 is a big year for the ACJRD. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary! Over the last 20 years, our seminars and our Conferences have been the vehicles by which we have endeavoured to achieve our Mission Statement of “informing the development of policy and practice in justice.” In addition, our Vision to bring “Innovation in Justice” continues to be a driving force in our work.

ACJRD Ltd, formerly the Irish Association for the Study of Delinquency Ltd, was established in 1996 by the late Martin Tansey, The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Moriarty, Judge Gillian Hussey, Seán Redmond, Kieran O’Dwyer, Bernard Owens, Her Hon. Ms. Justice Mary-Ellen Ring, Chief Superintendent Seán Feely, Seán Aylward, Robert Eager, John Lonergan and Tom O’Reilly. The Association was inspired by the Scottish model (Scottish Association for the Study of Delinquency).

In 2006 the name of the Association was changed to The Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development - ACJRD Ltd.

The current Council comprises Maura Butler (Chairperson), Jane Farrell (Secretary), Eugene Corcoran (Treasurer) and Council members, Gerry McNally, Jim Mitchell, Michelle Shannon, Yvonne Daly, Doncha O’Sullivan, Shane Kilcommins, John McCormack, Robert Olson and Patricia Flynn. The Hon. Mr Justice Michael Moriarty is our patron.

Over the last 20 years, ACJRD has hosted eighteen Annual Conferences and numerous seminars, commissioned research, sponsored prizes in 3rd level institutions, and made submissions to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. Since 2014, ACJRD has helped to organise the annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conferences. Recent initiatives include an Essay competition for third level students.

Our members are of paramount importance to us. We have student, individual and organisational members from all sections of the criminal justice system.

The Association employs a Manager and an Administrator, both on a part-time basis.

The Criminal Justice System in Ireland is constantly evolving and we are proud to say that we intend to continue to be a part of this evolution.

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