criminal justice system

The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime is a programme of research that aims to address a range of fundamental questions about the causes of criminal and risky behaviours in young people.

The core of the programme is a major longitudinal study of a single cohort of around 4,000 young people who started secondary school in Edinburgh in the autumn of 1998.
 

Factsheet that discussses the issue that adults and young people with learning and communication difficulties are over represented in prisons and the secure estate.

Very little is currently known about the practice of using offenders as peer mentors. This study seeks to begin to address this gap in our knowledge and has four key objectives: • to develop the evidence-base regarding the practice of using offenders in peer mentoring roles • to establish what works (and what does not) • to identify the individual and wider benefits and how these can be maximised in future provision • to develop principles of 'best practice'.

Consultation that follows on from a series of reports which highlighted serious shortcomings in the existing system for delivering offender services in the community. It focuses on services for people aged 16 and over who are dealt with under the Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1995.

Statistical bulletin that presents national level information on activity relating to community penalties in Scotland, including criminal justice social work reports and “social work orders” - made up of Community Payback Orders (CPOs), the predecessors to CPOs (Community Service Orders, Probation Orders and Supervised Attendance Orders) and Drug Treatment & Testing Orders.