Diana Johns joined the School of Social and Political Sciences as Lecturer in Criminology in 2016. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne (as part of the ARC-funded Australian Prisons Project) on men's experience of prison release from the perspective of ex-prisoners themselves and post-release support workers. Her book 'Being and Becoming an Ex-Prisoner', based on this work, was published in 2017 by Routledge (UK) as part of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation. Diana spent 2015 in Wales doing postdoctoral research for the Welsh Centre of Crime and Social Justice and the Youth Justice Board (Wales) on young people's 'prolific' offending, examining the trajectories of young people involved in high-volume, frequent and persistent offending. This work builds on her broad research interest and experience with young people in conflict with the law. Her (mainly qualitative) research interests range from restorative and therapeutic approaches to justice to vulnerable people's experience of criminal justice and legal processes. From 2012-2014 she lectured in the Justice and Legal Studies programs at RMIT University, where she maintains strong collaborative research links. In 2016 she was co-investigator on a research project evaluating the Youth Diversion Pilot Program for the Children's Court of Victoria. She was also part of a team undertaking research for Corrections Victoria relating to serious sexual and violent offending. Her current research, in partnership with Monash University and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, is exploring South Sudanese young people's experience of media demonisation and political narratives since 'Moomba 2016'.