Reflections from staff and students of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

Events of interest


  • August 2-28 (except 16): Victim – This one-woman show follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face-to-face with a notorious inmate. Bruised Sky return with Martin Murphy’s darkly comic new play.
  • August 4-27 (except 14, 21): Doglife – Following on from the critically acclaimed Doubting Thomas, Jeremy Weller (winner of six Fringe First awards) and Grassmarket Projects return with part two of a devised trilogy with Thomas McCrudden: a former gangland enforcer who struggles to change from a violent past to a more hopeful future. With a cast of untrained actors, the play focuses on Thomas’s attempts to love and to be loved. We see many of the women in his life on stage: his mother, ex-partners, ex-wife and daughter, along with many of his victims from whom he desperately seeks forgiveness.
  • August 14: Prison Break? is presented by the Just Festival in partnership with Positive Prisons? Positive Future. As the prison population across the UK continues to increase, Professor Fergus McNeill (SCCJR/Glasgow University), Pete White (Positive Prisons? Positive Futures),  Geoffrey Weaver (Polmont Prison) look at whether prisons are the best place to be sending offenders to.
  • August 14 and 17: Fitness to Witness – The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these. This is one case where fact is definitely scarier than fiction… If you’re captivated by Making a Murderer or scintillated by Serial, join Faye Skelton, Lecturer in Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University, to find out why witnesses are often wrong and what psychological research can do to help reduce the number of wrongful convictions.
  • August 21: Lesley McAra and Susan McVie (SCCJR/University of Edinburgh) return to the Fringe with Hug More Thugs, telling stories of both offenders and victims, and challenging audiences about which group are more deserving of hugs. There will also be the opportunity to be stopped and searched live on stage!


  • October 10 and 13: The series Developing Restorative Justice in Scotland will conclude with two day conferences. One will connect and develop the specific focus on RJ with the emotional needs not only of those harmed and those who have harmed others, but also of professionals in the justice process as well as public communication. The other will focus on RJ in Scotland and, drawing on the learning from the programme of conversations, generate propositions for the development of RJ practice and policy here. Keep an eye on the website for updates.
  • October 11: Prof Ben Justice from Rutgers University will deliver a seminar on Cops Teaching Civics and Other Unnatural Acts: A Curriculum Theory of Policing at 4pm in the Adam Smith Building (Room 916) of the University of Glasgow.  This event is co-hosted by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and the Sociology subject area and School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Free and open to all.
  • October 11:  The SCCJR Annual Lecture will take place in Edinburgh at a venue TBC. The speaker will be Professor Tracey Meares, who is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale University. Prof Meares co-directs the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, which plays a central role in a new federal initiative to build trust and confidence in the US criminal justice system. Book your free place via Eventbrite.


  • November 14: Digital Prison? Positive Futures, in association with Positive Prison? Positive Futures, will analyse the benefits and challenges of improving access to digital technologies in prison. This conference will take place at the Cosla Conference Centre in Edinburgh, and registration is via Eventbrite.


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