Reimagining community and justice: June 2016

What do we mean by reimagining community and justice? As Scotland’s justice system refocuses on community, what are the issues? Read on . . .

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Theme articles: reimagining community and justice

Community and justice exploredEditorial: guest editors Justina Murray and Aan Staff introduce their exploration of community and justice in Scotland with some cautions and some hope by asking “just how engaged and on message are the people of Scotland in this significant change in thinking about how their social boundaries are enforced?”
Theme editorial: community and justice

Fiona Garven and Justina Murray offer a critical review of community justice reforms in Scotland, connecting to ideas of community development “to support communities to discuss and understand community justice and linked issues around equalities, inclusion and what a good community can offer”.
Hooray for Community!

Victim Support Scotland acting CEO, Susan Gallagher, calls for a holistic approach to community and justice, recognising the needs and rights of victims, offenders, friends, family and the general public.
Justice For Whom and What Community?

Centrestage imageFiona McKenzie considers the work of Centrestage, Kilmarnock and the power of the arts to create community.
Community Justice and the Power of Arts

Ewan Aitken looks at the positive impact of prison visitor centres on reducing reoffending.
From the Punitive to the Redemptive: one visit at a time.

Chief Inspector Mark Leonard and Inspector Frank McCann look at the part played by communities in the strategy to prevent serious organised crime in Scotland.
Follow the Money

Nicki Wray of Barnado’s writes on third sector advocacy and the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.
Of One Voice

Community sentences telling a storyJournalist Alan Robertson calls on community justice services to be willing to help shape a narrative that supports why they work rather than purely why prison does not.
Telling a Story about Community Sentences

Youth justice experts Claire Lightowler, Fiona Dyer and Debbie Nolan on the lessons to be learned from the Whole System Approach.
Working The System

Jamie Buchan draws on his research into Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) to consider how they will manage new justice powers and responsibilities.
Justice Empowerment and Community in Scotland

International: reimagining community and justice

John Sturgeon reports on the achievements and frustrations of probation and community justice reform in France.
Community Justice Reform in France

Océane Lethien with John Sturgeon give a French perspective on Scottish criminal justice social work.
As Others See Us

Vivian Geiran, director of the Irish Probation Service and Michael Donnellan, director-general of the Irish Prison Service, explain their approaches to effective inter-agency cooperation and shared programmes.
The Irish Experience

Current issues

Mike McCarron considers the potential impact on drug policy in Scotland of prioritising prevention and systems thinking, and makes some suggestions.
Working to Prevent Drug Harms

Tomorrow's Women imageAnne McKechnie on Tomorrow’s Women, the Glasgow-based, trauma-informed service for high risk women offenders.
Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow

Trish McCulloch and Mark Smith discuss their Creating Spaces for Change seminar programme in responding to offending behaviour.
Mobilising Values


Nancy Loucks interviews Dr Stephanie Covington, co-director of the Centre for Gender and Justice in La Jolla, California, USA on trauma-informed justice for women.
Interview with Dr Stephanie Covington

Advanced Higher Modern Studies competition 2016

Jodie White pageOur winner, Jodie White of George Watson’s Edinburgh, writes to Michael Matheson MSP outlining what she considers to be the priorities for the coming parliamentary term. Congratulations Jodie!
Jodie White on justice priorities

A day in the life . . .

Alison Hay, manager of Grampian Women’s Aid, shares her hectic and challenging routine.
Day in the Life of . . . the Grampian Womens Aid Manager


Susan McVie unpicks new approaches to violent crimes statistics and suggests that repeat violence counts against women may well be missing.
Are Crime Statistics and Surveys hiding the Real Extent of Domestic Forms of Violence?

Book reviews

Image of blade artist pageThe Blade Artist, Irvine Welsh (2016) Jonathan Cape is reviewed by Mike Nellis who says that “popular crime fiction tends neither to address nor celebrate what is really important about Jimmy Boyle . . .”.
Book Review: The Blade Artist

Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City, Alistair Fraser (2015) Oxford University Press is reviewed by Gerry Mooney who thinks that “this is a powerful account of the lives of those involved in youth gangs . . .”.
Book Review: Urban Legends