criminal justice system

Evidence and practice review of support for victims and outcome measurement

Research that aims to review the existing evidence and practice surrounding victims’ support needs, outcome measurement and quality assurance in the victim support sector, to assess: 

  • the support needs of victims
  • the effectiveness of interventions to support victims
  • how to develop victim outcome measures or indicators
  • how to measure victim outcomes
  • how to measure and assess quality in support service provision. 

Reducing reoffending: review of selected countries - final report for Audit Scotland

Report that presents research commissioned by Audit Scotland on international levels and experience of reoffending. It aims to set the Scottish experience of reoffending in context and to identify factors which other jurisdictions have seen affect reoffending rates.

Picking up the pieces: domestic violence and child contact

The research on which this report is based examines child contact proceedings as a legal process, to identify if, how and when domestic violence was presented before the court and then factored into judicial decision making.

Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland 2010-11 and 2011-12

Bulletin that presents statistics on domestic abuse, based on details of incidents supplied by the eight Scottish police forces in 2010-11 and 2011-12. It forms part of the Scottish Government series of statistical bulletins on the criminal justice system.

The figures are used to inform policy and, in conjunction with the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, are used to measure the extent and nature of domestic abuse in Scotland.

Taking stock of alternatives to secure accommodation or custody for girls and young women in Scotland

Small-scale, scoping study that provides a synthesis of existing knowledge about girls and young women at risk of secure care or custody, and ways in which earlier intervention strategies and alternatives to secure care and accommodation could be developed specific to their needs.

Co-producing criminal justice: executive summary

Literature review which was requested by the Community Justice division of the Scottish Government to advise on and inform the development of a user engagement strategy for criminal justice policy and practice. The purpose of the review was to provide an overview of existing research evidence relating to the concept, practice and value of user engagement in criminal justice policy and practice.

British Society of Criminology

The British Society of Criminology aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academic and professional people who are engaged in any aspect of work or teaching, research or public education about crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom.

The Society has been in existence for 50 years and has a wide-ranging membership based here and overseas.

The Internet Journal of Criminology

Online journal of primary criminology research papers written by some of the most up and coming criminologists in their fields.

Although these criminology papers are not anonymously peer reviewed, like those in the articles section of the journal, primary research papers are reviewed and edited by the General Editor and members of the Editorial Board to ensure they meet the high standards of the Internet Journal of Criminology.

Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies

Online journal including presentations by Rob Allen, Kathleen Marshall and original articles by Michele Burman on the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, by Jenny Johnstone and Vivian Leacock on Managing equality in the criminal justice process, and by Simon Mackenzie on game theory and the evolution of cooperation in criminal justice policy.

Children, young people and offending: draft action plan 2011-2014

Draft action plan that sets out how the Children, Young People and Offending sub group will contribute towards the implementation of the Northern Ireland Children and Young People’s Plan. This overall plan sets out that all CYPSP planning work will contribute towards a shift to early intervention, and to integration of resources from all possible sources in order to improve outcomes for children and young people.