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
By Ross Gibson As a youth justice social worker in Glasgow I worked with children within, or on the fringes of, secure care. They experienced such a high risk of harm that their lives, or lives of those around them, were frequently in danger. This often included acts of violence, absconding, drug abuse and other … Continue reading Giving Voice to Children in Secure Care
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
Domestic abuse and sexual violence: the responses and realities provoked by COVID-19 By Dr Oona Brooks-Hay, Prof Michele Burman & Dr Lisa Bradley, University of Glasgow The new social reality imposed by COVID-19 brings particular concerns for women and children living with domestic abuse and sexual violence, and for the support services that they rely … Continue reading Gender Based Violence in a Pandemic
By Dominic Reed, PhD student, University of Glasgow Forensic Medical Examiners (FMEs) used to occupy an uncertain role, uncomfortably bridging the disciplines of medicine and law – this was even reflected in their traditional title as police surgeons. As the Scottish Government consultation on provision of forensic services notes however, forensic services have increasingly operated … Continue reading Medical Confidentiality in Cases of Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Assault in Scotland
By Sarah Armstrong, Director of SCCJR Where should transgender prisoners be housed? This question is in the news once again, with some calling for segregated wings for transgender people in prison. The issue is a complicated one entangling concepts of gender identity, risk, security, vulnerability and dignity. Two opposing themes are emerging in the trans … Continue reading Safety of, from or including transgender people in prison?
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