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Letters to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

We ran our first competition for Advanced Higher Modern Studies students this spring with this challenge. “There will be a new Scottish Parliamentary session beginning after the election in May 2016. Write an email or letter to the new Cabinet

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New! Advanced Higher Modern Studies essay prize launched

Modern Studies essay prize: what do you think should be Justice priorities in Scotland? The SJM team is proud to announce the launch of an exciting essay prize competition open to Advanced Higher Modern Studies students. We are looking for

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Needs, not deeds: the failure of Scotland’s Youth Justice System

Fiona Dyer is practice development manager of the Youth Justice National Development Team within the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice. The justice system in Scotland is a very confusing landscape where young people are concerned. When I first qualified

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Prison budget transfer to local authorities and reducing reoffending

Alec Spencer is convenor of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice and is an Honorary Professor at Stirling University. He was previously a prison governor and Director of Rehabilitation and Care (SPS). It seems like a long time,

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Sentencing and the Allure of Imprisonment

Sentencing and Benevolent Imprisonment: why Rehabilitation Should Not be a Ground for Custodial Sentencing Cyrus Tata is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, Strathclyde University Law School. The Scottish Prison Service is transforming itself

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Redesigning Community Justice in Scotland?

Katrina Morrison is a lecturer in criminology at Edinburgh Napier University. ‘Redesigning Community Justice’ is the latest in a long list of reforms which have sought to organise the administration and delivery of community justice in Scotland. As I have

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Turning off the tap: policy and practice for women in criminal justice in Scotland

Alec Spencer is convenor of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice and Anne Pinkman is convenor of the Scottish Working Group on Women Offenders. This is the text of a joint document submitted to Michael Matheson, Justice Secretary

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After HMP Inverclyde: where power lies in Scotland’s penal reform debate

Mike Nellis considers the wider challenges of penal reform in Scotland and in particular the implications for women who are affected by the justice system, following the HMP Inverclyde decision. His comments are prompted by the SCCCJ seminar held earlier

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SJM’s environmental crime and justice issue

Hazel Croall is consulting editor of the SJM, and theme editor of the special issue on environmental crime and justice published last month. She is also Professor Emerita at Glasgow Caledonian University. Continuing our series of editors’ posts, she reflects

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Women affected by the criminal justice system in Scotland: what next?

This is an extract from opening remarks by Professor Andrew Coyle CMG, former Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies, at a Consortium seminar on women affected by criminal justice, held in Edinburgh on the 1st April 2015. Once

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