Desisting in Prison or Desisting Prison?

By Dr Sarah Armstrong, Director of SCCJR and Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow Lila Kazemian (John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York) presented a recent SCCJR@Glasgow working lunch, one of several talks on her recent book, Desisting in Prison. In introducing herself Dr Kazemian noted her slightly unusual training in criminology which … Continue reading Desisting in Prison or Desisting Prison?

SCCJR Employment and Employability in Scotland’s Prisons: Working for Change? event and research briefing paper.

By James SCCJR Intern On Monday 19th February, researchers held an event on the issue of employment and employability in Scottish prisons. The event was organised by SCCJR’s Laura Piacentini, Beth Weaver and Cara Jardine (all School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde) and consisted of three guest speakers, all of whom … Continue reading SCCJR Employment and Employability in Scotland’s Prisons: Working for Change? event and research briefing paper.

Crime and justice at the Edinburgh festivals

Heading to Edinburgh in August? Here’s a round-up of plays, talks and events looking at crime and justice. August 2-28 (except 16): Victim – This one-woman show follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face-to-face with a notorious inmate. Bruised Sky return with Martin Murphy’s darkly comic new play. August … Continue reading Crime and justice at the Edinburgh festivals

Event: The Secret Penal System – A Panel Discussion of Benefits and Sanctioning in the UK

The impact of benefit sanctions will be explored at a Howard League Scotland event co-sponsored by SCCJR. In 2013, the number of financial penalties imposed on benefits claimants by the Department of Work and Pensions exceeded the number of fines imposed by courts. Our panellists will consider the impact of this ‘secret penal system’, which lacks … Continue reading Event: The Secret Penal System – A Panel Discussion of Benefits and Sanctioning in the UK

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?

Can a restorative approach help survivors of sexual violence get justice?

Last Wednesday featured a public dialogue on restorative justice (RJ) and sexual violence at the University of Strathclyde, the second of four dialogues on restorative justice – funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and organised by a revitalised RJ Forum for Scotland. RJ is a concept many will associate with youth offending and property … Continue reading Can a restorative approach help survivors of sexual violence get justice?