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 Professor Laura Piacentini, University of Strathclyde On hearing the Scottish government announcement, made on the 18th of March, that schools in Scotland would close indefinitely from the 20th of March, and that we would then enter a period of lockdown because of the epic human catastrophe called Covid-19, I entered a period of what … Continue reading Living Under Covid-19
By Anonymous Prisoner 23 March 2020: A week ago when people in Italy were dying and Boris was talking about herd immunity, in prison we were business as usual. “What a larf this corona lark is” – idiots sneaking up on each other and giving people surprise hugs and shaking every hand they could grab… … Continue reading On the inside: A prisoner speaks about Covid-19
By Dr Kirsty Deacon, University of Strathclyde There are currently 7,339 people in prison in Scotland. Almost all will have family members, whether more traditional nuclear family, wider extended family, or non-blood relations who fulfil this role. While the current lockdown is not comparable to serving a prison sentence, it does, perhaps, give us some … Continue reading On the Outside: Families of Prisoners and Covid-19
Behind the curve: Can justice systems get ahead of COVID 19 and avoid a prisons crisis? By Dr Cara Jardine, University of Strathclyde The COVID 19 pandemic has brought dramatic change to the lives of millions across the world in just a few short weeks. In the UK, the last 72 hours have seen stringent … Continue reading Behind the Curve: Prison and Covid-19
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 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?
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 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.