The Journal

Restorative Justice (April 2017)

Theme editors: Steve Kirkwood, University of Edinburgh and Mary Munro, managing editor of the SJM

Restorative justice is poorly understood in Scotland and its potential for better justice for both victims and offenders, is yet to be met. This special issue offers some context to the current series of dialogues on restorative justice in Scotland funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. Articles on research and RJ, desistance, hate crime, youth justice, serious crime, historic abuse, insights from New Zealand, corporate crime, community adult justice and the politics of change.

Additional articles include a consideration of ‘emotionally efficient’ justice, a review of the statistics behind the ‘youth crime drop’, an interview with Karyn McCluskey. Two drugs focused contributions look at new psychoactive substances (NPS) consumption in Scotland and review Trainspotting 2.

This is likely to be the penultimate issue of the SJM.

Cybercrime and cybersecurity (November 2016)

Theme editors: Ian Ferguson and Natalie Coull of the University of Abertay, Dundee.

What is cybercrime and what are the implications for cybersecurity (crime prevention), policing, the legal system, social work and all of us in the era of globalised internet crime and the internet of things? What are the issues for Scotland in particular?

Reimagining Community and Justice (June 2016)

SJM 10 front coverTheme editors: Justina Murray, chief executive officer of the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority and Alan Staff, CEO of Apex Scotland.

What do we mean by reimagining community and justice?

Major reforms are underway in Scotland in the organisation of ‘community’ and ‘justice’ but how may these changes play out in practice? How might victims of crime react to the idea that Scottish Justice should be characterised by a rehabilitative rather than retributive ethos? How will the third sector ensure that they are engaged not only in consultation but in planning and design? Just how much say will communities have, how will they get it and who will do the asking? How will the media react to the changing discourse at policy level, and are there things we can learn from our neighbours in Ireland and France which might help us make the best decisions?

Other articles include reimagining drugs policy and prevention (McCarron) and mobilising values in criminal justice policy (McCulloch and Smith). There are two articles on trauma informed services to women offenders: on the Tomorrow’s Women project in Glasgow (McKechnie); and an interview with the American psychotherapist Stephanie Covington on trauma-informed justice principles. The possible undercounting of domestic abuse statistics in Scotland is explained (McVie) and is complemented by a ‘day in the life of’ the manager of Grampian Womens Aid (Hay). Book reviews are Mike Nellis on Irvine Welsh and Gerry Mooney on Alistair Fraser’s study on gangs in Glasgow.
Finally, read Advanced Higher Modern Studies competition winner, Jodie White, who says:
“I believe as a young person in Scotland that there is a need to work together across government departments to tackle poverty and across social divides to understand the struggles everyone faces”.

Reimagining Punishment and Justice (March 2016)

Theme editors: Bill Munro and Margaret Malloch of the University of Stirling.

Poverty, Inequality and Justice (November 2015)

SJM8 front coverTheme editors: Professors Susan McVie and Lesley McAra, both of the University of Edinburgh in association with Maggie Mellon, policy consultant.

This issue includes articles addressing what we know from the latest Scottish and international research on poverty, inequality and justice, offending and victimisation, the impact on people affected by poverty and much more.

Other content includes Michael Matheson MSP on penal policy, Colin McConnell and Jim Carnie on challenges to the SPS in reforming the women’s estate post-Inverclyde, homelessness and reoffending, stop and search, the Commonwealth Games and its impact on the East End of Glasgow. Penal reformer Vivien Stern reflects on current opportunities in Scotland in the interview feature. Our diary was contributed by a volunteer in a Circle of Support and Accountability, helping to supervise sex offenders in the community.

Policing in Scotland (June 2015)

This issue is edited by Nick Fyfe, director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee, and Alistair Henry, associate director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), and a lecturer in criminology in the Law School at the University of Edinburgh.

SJM_3-2_June2015_cover_300pxThis issue explores some themes relating to contemporary policing in Scotland both more deeply and broadly than recent pre-occupations headlining in public debate.

Other articles feature an interview with Liz Dahl and Maura Daily of Circle Scotland; Maija Helminen on funding criminal justice TSOs in Scandinavia and Scotland, Stephanie Fohring on trauma and the criminal justice researcher. Anne Pinkman writes about the fallout of the HMP Inverclyde decision; Nancy Loucks uses stories about real people to underline the challenges facing the courts when sentencing women, especially those with children.

Our statistics feature outlines up to date research by Susan McVie, Paul Norris and Rebecca Pillinger on inequalities in victimisation at a time of apparently dropping crime. The book review by Ali Malik looks at John Carnochan’s “Conviction: Violence, culture and a shared public service agenda”. Finally Rhona Hotchkiss, Governor of HMP Dumfries, gives us an insight into her week.

Environmental Crime and Justice (March 2015)

This issue is edited by Hazel Croall.

SJM_3_1_Mar2015-OFC_600px_WebUseArticles include Nigel South on enviromental criminology, Hugh Pennington on E.coli O157, Robert Smith on the farmer as environmental criminal, Andrew Watterson on pollution and ill-health, Caroline Matheson on care farming, Nick Underdown on gear conflict in the Scottish inshore fisheries, Ian Thomson on prosecution of raptor crimes, Mary Church on the Aarhus Convention, Gayle Howard on SEPA and waste crime. There is also an interview with Rob Edwards, a journalist specialising in reporting on the environment.

Other articles feature an interview with former Cabinet Secretary, Kenny MacAskill; a dialogue on prisoner voting between Albie Sachs and Andrew Coyle; research into long term prisoners and their attitude to their sentence, by Marguerite Schenkel; Anna Forrest writes on child prostitution in Victorian Glasgow; and much more.

Living It: children, young people and justice (November 2014)

This issue is guest edited by Claire Lightowler, Brian Rogers and Susie Cameron.

SJM5 draft cover copy There are articles on trauma and young people in trouble, cyberbullying, getting a job with convictions, Youth Advantage Outreach, the implications of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime for non intervention in the lives of young people, criminal justice social work in Moray, the crisis in mental health provision for young people, having a sibling in prison, what it’s like to be in secure care, school exclusion and who young people have told us has made a difference in their life.

There are also articles on new approaches by justice analysts to evaluation justice projects, domestic abuse policy and young people, initiatives to support military veterans who have got into trouble with the justice system. Our international article coniders a new global initiative to research childhood imprisonment. In our history section we have a police officer’s account of dealing with the ‘Bouley Bashers’ of Aberdeen, and the first of two articles about prostitution and social control in mid-19th century Glasgow.

Health (In)justice (June 2014)

SJM4_cover_thumbnailThis issue’s focus on health inequalities and justice has been guest edited by Maggie Mellon and Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland.

Articles include: Sarah Couper on old age and disability in Scottish prisons, Paul Hayton on reforms to prison medical services, Andrew Fraser and Lesley Graham on mortality in prisons, poor health and people in the Scottish justice system, Elizabeth Shaw on neuroscience and justice. Bridget McKinnon tells us why police need better training to respond to mental health crises, and the public health case is put for decriminalisation of drug use by Mike McCarron. Fergus McNeill and Gerry McCartney have a conversation about inequalities in public health and desistance. Former prison governor Dan Gunn reflects on what should be done to improve both health and justice. In Nancy Louck’s interview addictions specialist Oliver Aldridge talks about addiction, justice, trauma and inequality.

Also, expert in Scots criminal evidence, John Blackie, reviews the current debate on reform of the corroboration rule; Christine Scullion outlines the Robertson Trust approach to funding and evaluation in criminal justice; Des Fik describes the work of the Alternatives to Violence Project.

In our international strand, Karin Sten Madsen considers the difficult question of restorative justice for women referred to the specialist sexual crime unit at Copenhagen Hospital. Connecting back to our arts and justice issue (March 2014), Mike Nellis’s contribution to our history strand considers arts in prison, and the Barlinnie Special Unit.

Arts and Justice (March 2014)

SJM2-1 Final CoverArts and Justice theme edited by Sarah Armstrong and Kirsten Sams.
Articles by on evaluating arts initiatives, prison architecture, researching co-production in community, prison arts, music, sculpture, reading, drama, community based projects, women in focus, young people in Dundee; international contribution from Lieux Fictifs, Marseille Prison; interview with artist Wullie Sinclair who discovered the power of painting while in prison.

Also: Kath Murray on stop and search and the failed legacy of MacPherson in Scotland, Rob Strachan on Public Social Partnerships, Gail Wilson on responding to the needs of very vulnerable young women, David Orr and Mary Munro on the recent developments in restorative justice in Scotland, MSPs on what a smart justice system should look like in an age of austerity. Angela Bartie and Alistair Fraser on the Easterouse Project, youth and the arts in Glasgow 1968-70, Sarah Armstrong takes a critical look at prison population forecasts. Mike Nellis reviews Andrew Davies’s book on inter-war Glasgow gangs and Jo Buckle reviews Leo Cheliotis’s edited collection on arts and imprisonment.

Scottish Justice Matters desistance issueDesistance (December 2013)

Theme on desistance edited by Fergus McNeill.

Also: Mike Nellis on electronic monitoring, Bernadette Monaghan on Childrens’ Hearings, John Downie on short term funding, Andrew Coyle on William Brebner, Frida Wheldon on victims’ rights, a mother on visiting a son in prison, interview with David Strang, Prisons Inspector, Martine Herzog-Evans on French JAPs and ‘Take 5’ politicians on reducing reoffending.

Reform (June 2013)

Theme on reform of Scottish crimimal justice co-edited by Alan Staff and Nancy Loucks.
Launch issue cover Also: Mary Munro on changes to independent prison monitoring, Cyrus Tata on problem solving courts, Niki Kandirikirira on female genital mutilation in Scotland, John Fotheringham on the law and female genital mutilation, Allan Weaver on a day in the life of a criminal justice social work team manager, Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox on trial and error in criminal justice reform in the USA, interview with Hugh Monro, retiring HM Inspector of Prisons.

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