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Justice Watch: Edinburgh Week 5

In her fourth post reporting on the Women for Independence #JusticeWatch initiative, Maggie Mellon queries waste, fines and poverty and something odd about domestic abuse cases. Blunders, mix ups and waste of time and money After two previous court visits

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Justice Watch: Edinburgh Day 3

In this third part of her #JusticeWatch blog Maggie Mellon finds court more and more interesting – and depressing. Where are the social workers? This week I did not get to visit the court until the Friday after Easter weekend.

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Justice Watch: Launch Day Edinburgh Part 2

In this second part of her #JusticeWatch blog Maggie Mellon reflects on women accused of domestic abuse. There were three women listed as having been in police custody over the weekend or part of it, and friendly court staff told

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Justice Watch: Launch Day Edinburgh Part 1

Maggie Mellon on Day 1 of Justice Watch. Like a good few other women I spent yesterday watching justice in Scotland’s courts. The day started for me with a trip to BBC Scotland’s Edinburgh studio at 7.30 for a quick

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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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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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HMP Inverclyde women’s prison: invest in community projects to prevent offending

Maggie Mellon sums up the argument against the Scottish Prison Service’s proposal for substantial capital investment in a new women’s prison at HMP Inverclyde to replace HMP Cornton Vale. This is a version of a letter recently sent to the

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