Young citizens or social monsters? Reflections on stigmatisation

It has long been argued that young people should be treated differently from adults in 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 […]

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Reflections on Free Thinking and Academic Practice

The SCCJR’s Dr Alistair Fraser has written about his experience so far as one of the BBC’s New Generation Thinkers – 10 academics hand-picked from across the UK whose research will be made into radio and television programmes. In a post for the University of Glasgow’s Sociology blog, Alistair reflects on the process of creating an audio “postcard” … Continue reading Reflections on Free Thinking and Academic Practice

Event: The Secret Penal System – A Panel Discussion of Benefits and Sanctioning in the UK

The impact of benefit sanctions will be explored at a Howard League Scotland event co-sponsored by SCCJR. In 2013, the number of financial penalties imposed on benefits claimants by the Department of Work and Pensions exceeded the number of fines imposed by courts. Our panellists will consider the impact of this ‘secret penal system’, which lacks … Continue reading Event: The Secret Penal System – A Panel Discussion of Benefits and Sanctioning in the UK

Event: Things Left Unsaid – Women’s Experience of Community Justice

Distant Voices presents a hands-on evening of question, thought and action, exploring women’s experiences of community (and) justice through songs and creative dialogue. Adding new stimulus to an important national conversation, Things Left Unsaid will make space for attendees to engage with others to imagine a more just Scotland. New songs, created through songwriting workshops … Continue reading Event: Things Left Unsaid – Women’s Experience of Community Justice

Crime and ‘kidulthood’: should there be specific court processes for young adults?

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?

The use of Community Payback Orders is rising: what does this mean for community justice?

SCCJR PhD student Griff Williams was the lead organiser of the mini-conference Community Payback and Community Justice, which took place at the University of Edinburgh last month. Community Payback Orders (CPOs) were introduced in Scotland through legislation in 2010. They allow for the combining of a range of activities and services in a single sanction order. … Continue reading The use of Community Payback Orders is rising: what does this mean for community justice?

Can a restorative approach help survivors of sexual violence get justice?

Last Wednesday featured a public dialogue on restorative justice (RJ) and sexual violence at the University of Strathclyde, the second of four dialogues on restorative justice – funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and organised by a revitalised RJ Forum for Scotland. RJ is a concept many will associate with youth offending and property … Continue reading Can a restorative approach help survivors of sexual violence get justice?

Global Social Science? Practical Issues and Ethical Dilemmas

PhD student Ashley Rogers attended the SCCJR event ‘Global Social Science? Practical Issues and Ethical Dilemmas’ on March 10 2017. Here are her reflections. Given the increasing focus on ‘internationalisation’ in academic institutions, and requirements by funding bodies to show an engagement in global fields, it is important to consider how we might engage with … Continue reading Global Social Science? Practical Issues and Ethical Dilemmas