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 Prof Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow With prisons described by epidemiologists as incubators of disease, it is obvious and entirely right that much of the focus of criminologists and other criminal justice activists in recent weeks has been on the urgent need to decarcerate. The challenges and opportunities for social work services have also … Continue reading Penal supervision in a pandemic
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
The Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. What are the Scottish Government proposing in this Bill and why? Dr Hannah Graham, an SCCJR criminologist at Stirling University, provides an overview. Continue reading Explainer: The Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill, what it covers and why
It has long been argued that young people should be treated differently from adults by the justice system. In his presentation last week for a Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) associates seminar co-sponsored by SCCJR, Max Rutherford presented compelling evidence from a young adults pilot court project to support separate treatment. He first charted … Continue reading Crime and ‘kidulthood’: should there be specific court processes for young adults?
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