On the Outside: Families of Prisoners and 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

Creativity, Inbetweenness and the Fight for Democracy: the 2019 Hong Kong Protests

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

Medical Confidentiality in Cases of Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Assault in Scotland

By Dominic Reed, PhD student, University of Glasgow Forensic Medical Examiners (FMEs) used to occupy an uncertain role, uncomfortably bridging the disciplines of medicine and law – this was even reflected in their traditional title as police surgeons. As the Scottish Government consultation on provision of forensic services notes however, forensic services have increasingly operated … Continue reading Medical Confidentiality in Cases of Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Assault in Scotland

Hate Crime in Scotland

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

Academic Tourism: Reflections on the Environmental Ethics of Academic Air Travel

By Dr Emiline Smith, Lecturer in Art Crime and Criminology, University of Glasgow I recently travelled to the Asian Criminological Society’s 11th Annual Meeting, which was held in Cebu, the Philippines, in June this year. Criminologists from all over Asia and beyond attended this four-day conference themed ‘Contextualizing Challenges in Criminology and Criminal Justice in … Continue reading Academic Tourism: Reflections on the Environmental Ethics of Academic Air Travel

What do I know about desistance in Chile? Reflections on criminological travel

By Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work at the University of Glasgow  Between 20th and 27th April this year, I visited Chile at the invitation of the Centro de Estudios Justicia y Sociedad at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) in Santiago. My job was to present – several times in Santiago … Continue reading What do I know about desistance in Chile? Reflections on criminological travel

Scottish Penal Reform since Devolution: Reflections and Prospects for Change

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