Peter Norden

Professor Peter Norden AO is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Peter has a long history of involvement in the criminal justice system. In 1977 he established a post release service for high risk adult offenders, which he developed into what is now known as Jesuit Social Services. As Director of Jesuit Social Services, Peter worked with Professor Tony Vinson on the research that led to the 2007 report Dropping Off the Edge: The Distribution of Disadvantage in Australia. From 1985-1992 he was the Chaplain at Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison, and after his retirement from that position established the Victorian Criminal Justice Coalition which focused on criminal justice reform throughout the country. In 2007 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) ‘for services to community development through social research and programs aimed at assisting marginalised young people and offenders, and to the mental health sector’.