Mass Decarceration: A critical social history

By Dr Louise Brangan, University of Stirling Why do societies punish as they do? And why do these systems of punishment change, sometimes dramatically? This study will explore these theoretical and historical questions by pursuing an original perspective, examining the mass decarceration of women and girls in the Republic of Ireland between 1970-1998. In 1950s … Continue reading Mass Decarceration: A critical social history

Community Justice: An Opportunity to ‘Re-integrate’?

By Dr Jamie Buchan and Dr Scott Grant Situating Scotland’s approach to community justice alongside our European neighbours is something that deserves more press in political and academic circles. In 2018 we accepted the offer to update a comprehensive chapter on Scottish ‘probation’ for the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) – previously completed in 2008. … Continue reading Community Justice: An Opportunity to ‘Re-integrate’?

Working Under Lockdown

Effects on those who deliver services to justice involved populations By Prof Michele Burman, Prof Robin A. Robinson and Dr Annie Crowley Although largely out of government and media frames of ‘essential workers’, and within a wider context of rapidly diminishing resources and precarious funding, many community-based voluntary organisations working with criminal justice-involved groups are … Continue reading Working Under Lockdown

Penal supervision in a pandemic

By Prof Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow With prisons described by epidemiologists as incubators of disease, it is obvious and entirely right that much of the focus of criminologists and other criminal justice activists in recent weeks has been on the urgent need to decarcerate. The challenges and opportunities for social work services have also … Continue reading Penal supervision in a pandemic

Event: Things Left Unsaid – Women’s Experience of Community Justice

Distant Voices presents a hands-on evening of question, thought and action, exploring women’s experiences of community (and) justice through songs and creative dialogue. Adding new stimulus to an important national conversation, Things Left Unsaid will make space for attendees to engage with others to imagine a more just Scotland. New songs, created through songwriting workshops … Continue reading Event: Things Left Unsaid – Women’s Experience of Community Justice

The use of Community Payback Orders is rising: what does this mean for community justice?

SCCJR PhD student Griff Williams was the lead organiser of the mini-conference Community Payback and Community Justice, which took place at the University of Edinburgh last month. Community Payback Orders (CPOs) were introduced in Scotland through legislation in 2010. They allow for the combining of a range of activities and services in a single sanction order. … Continue reading The use of Community Payback Orders is rising: what does this mean for community justice?