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?
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?
By Alistair Fraser, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow When we think of organised crime thoughts turn inevitably to images from popular culture. If you are of a certain vintage it will be The Godfather or The Sopranos; for the Netflix generation it might be Breaking Bad or Narcos. A seedy-glamorous world of anti-heroes and outlaws, … Continue reading Why We Need to Change the Conversation about Serious Organised Crime
By Fergus McNeill A paper that I’ve been tinkering around with for over a year has finally been published in Punishment and Society. Mass supervision, misrecognition in the ‘Malopticon’ has been a labour of love as it draws on two encounters with a Scottish man referred to as ‘Teejay’ and discusses what I learned from him … Continue reading BLANKFACE’ AND THE ‘MALOPTICON’