Ms Sophie Russell

BSLS (Sydney), MCrim (Sydney)

Sophie Russell (BSLS, MCrim) is the Research Associate for the Comparative Youth Penality Project and the Rethinking Community Sanctions Project at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Sophie has worked in research, policy and advocacy for the Community Restorative Centre and the Sydney Institute of Criminology. She is involved in a voluntary capacity with community sector organisations including the Women's Justice Network and the Justice Reinvestment Network Australia. From 2015-2018 she served as on the board of Glebe House, a residential therapeutic community. She is currently completing a PhD at UTS on imprisonment and post-release in NSW.

Journal articles

Cunneen C; Goldson B; Russell S, 2017, 'Human rights and youth justice reform in England and Wales: A systemic analysis (1991-2016)', Criminology and Criminal Justice, vol. 18, pp. 405 - 430,

Baldry E; Briggs DB; Goldson B; Russell S, 2017, '‘Cruel and unusual punishment’: an inter-jurisdictional study of the criminalisation of young people with complex support needs', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 21, pp. 636 - 652,

Brown D; Cunneen C; Russell S, 2017, '‘It's all about the Benjamins’: Infringement notices and young people in New South Wales', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 253 - 260,

Cunneen C; Goldson B; Russell S, 2016, 'Juvenile Justice, Young People and Human Rights in Australia', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 28, pp. 173 - 188,

Book Chapters

Cunneen C; Russell S, 2017, 'Social Media, Vigilantism and Indigenous People in Australia', in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice,


Schwartz M; Van Gent A; Russell S, 2017, Submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly Law and Safety Committee Inquiry into the adequacy of youth diversionary programs in NSW


Conference Presentations

Russell S; Baldry E, 'Young People with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disability in Juvenile Justice', presented at Reintegration Puzzle Conference, 20 June 2016 - 22 June 2016

Russell S, 'Young People with Complex Support Needs in Juvenile Justice: a Comparative Study', presented at American Society of Criminology Conference, 16 November 2016 - 19 November 2016

Russell S, 'Young People with Complex Support Needs in Youth Justice', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, 30 November 2016 - 02 December 2016

Russell S, 'The Criminalisation of Young People with Complex Support Needs', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, 25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017

Russell S; Cunneen C, 'Social Media, Vigilantism and Indigenous People', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, 05 December 2017 - 08 December 2017

Russell S, 'Reintegration and What Works: Exploring Evidence and Expertise Outside of the Justice System', presented at Reintegration Puzzle, Hobart, 20 June 2018 - 22 June 2018

Russell S; Sotiri M, 2018, How we can put a stop to the revolving door between homelessness and imprisonment,

Russell S; Cunneen C, 2018, As Indigenous incarceration rates keep rising, justice reinvestment offers a solution,

Russell S; Cunneen C, 2017, Don Dale royal commission demands sweeping change – is there political will to make it happen?

Russell SA; Baldry E, 2017, Three charts on: Australia's booming prison population