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’?
By Richard Kjellgren As I write the first sentence of this blog post, I officially entered Year 2 of my PhD, and it dawned on me that it has been 217 days since I last set my foot inside my cosy office at the University of Stirling. As we all do our best to adapt … Continue reading Reflections from an increasingly digitalised criminology student
By Nicola Ceesay *This blog was originally published by Scotland in Lockdown Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak I have worked within the residential childcare sector alongside a devoted staff team to provide care and support for a small group of young people. Children and young people are placed in residential care when there … Continue reading Covid & care experienced young people
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 Professor Mike Hough, Birkbeck University of London This blog is based on academic work completed by Prof Hough along with colleagues listed at the bottom of the article. In the run-up to December’s election, law and order re-emerged as a hot topic. The political parties entered a bidding war for extra police officers, and … Continue reading Do we need more or less stop-and-search?
By Rania Hamad, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh Scotland is often considered to be one of the world’s most friendly, welcoming countries (as well as being voted as such), and having the best LGBT+ legal equality in Europe. Nonetheless, annual data published by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service demonstrates that hate … Continue reading Hate Crime in Scotland
By Rebekah Cameron, Student at the University of Glasgow’s School of Law If you based your understanding of prisoners in Scotland solely on information relayed in the popular media, you would likely come to believe that our 8,000-strong prison population is mostly made up of murderers, sex offenders, and other highly violent evil-doers who pose … Continue reading Escaping the revolving doors: rethinking short-sentences and our use of prisons in Scotland
By Francesca Soliman As contemporary forms of social control evolve, the scope of criminology keeps widening. For example, the criminalisation of migration has sparked a growing body of research on detention, non-citizens’ rights, and so on. As a criminology PhD student researching the harms of migration control, I welcome the attention these issues receive within … Continue reading Anything new under the sun?