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 Dr Liz Aston, Edinburgh Napier University Dramatic changes to people’s lives globally, resulting from COVID-19, are having an impact on crime and the criminal justice system (CJS). As the police are the gatekeepers to the CJS it is important to consider the implications for policing. These sweeping societal changes shed light on a number … Continue reading Covid-19 Implications for Policing
By Dr Emiline Smith, Lecturer in Art Crime and Criminology, University of Glasgow At the start of October 2019, I traveled to Hong Kong to teach at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility scheme. The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and … Continue reading Creativity, Inbetweenness and the Fight for Democracy: the 2019 Hong Kong Protests
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 Dr Katrina Morrison, Lecturer in Criminology at Edinburgh Napier University and Board Member at Howard League Scotland The 20th anniversary of the opening of the Scottish Parliament allows us to pause and reflect on the progress of penal reform in this time. While criminal justice was under the jurisdiction of Scottish administrative structures prior … Continue reading Scottish Penal Reform since Devolution: Reflections and Prospects for Change
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?
Thanks in part to the recent session of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament, prisoner disenfranchisement is back in focus in Scotland. You can watch that session here: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/equalities-and-human-rights-committee-september-7-2017. ….or read the Official Report here: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/equalities-and-human-rights-committee-september-7-2017 There is also a useful report of the Committee proceedings from Inside Time available here: … Continue reading Prisoners, Disenfranchisement and Sleeping Citizenship
Calls for whole-life tariffs have made headlines, but the debate is misleading – mandatory review periods are the norm across Europe. Continue reading Guest blog: ‘Life means life’ call ignores the reality of sentencing