UNE criminology lecturer recognised for volunteer advocacy

Published 13 November 2012

A University of New England criminology lecturer has been named as a finalist in the 2012 Justice Awards presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.

Jann Karp was nominated for the Law and Justice Volunteer Award in recognition of more than 20 years of work as a volunteer advocate for people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

The Law and Justice Volunteer Award is presented to an individual or a group of individuals, who, in a voluntary capacity, have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving access to justice, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Jann has been a volunteer advocate and support person for over 20 years, particularly for people with drug-related and mental health problems who come into contact with the criminal justice system. As a former police officer, Jann saw first-hand the difficulties disadvantaged people faced in dealing with their legal issues and her particular focus has been on assisting those who have been ‘knocked-back time and time again’ or inappropriately dealt with by the criminal and health systems. Jann provides court support and referrals, assists people with legal documents and helps them to understand their rights. Although she did not win her category, Dr Karp said it was an honour to sit among such distinguished and selfless company.

“I was in a room full of people doing vitally important work for free. Volunteers working for the non-profit sector, as well distinquished barristers and solicitors doing pro bono work defending people in need within the criminal justice system.

“To have my contribution recognised alongside these people was a very great honour indeed.”

Media contact: Dr Jann Karp (02) 6773 2433 or Leon Braun, UNE PR (02) 6773 3771.