criminal justice, law and rights

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a large-scale continuous survey measuring adults’ experience and perceptions of crime in Scotland. The survey is based on, annually, 13,000 face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland.

Report that presents the findings of a written consultation carried out by the Scottish Government on “Redesigning the Community Justice System”. The consultation took place between 20 December 2012 and 30 April 2013.

Research that is a call to action for all services to improve the way we respond to people with mental health problems who have been victims of crime. As one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, this is an issue that can’t be ignored or dismissed.

The Scottish Government introduced the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill in the Parliament on 20 June 2013. It includes provisions:

Article that highlights the views and advice of offenders in Scotland about what helps and hinders young people generally in the process of desistance, why interventions may or may not encourage desistance and what criminal justice and other agencies can do to alleviate the problems which may result in offending.

The Justice Committee believes that the effective rehabilitation of offenders is vital in order to reduce crime levels, reduce the economic and social costs of crime and help create a safer Scotland. It also enables those individuals who have offended, for a variety of reasons, to choose a better life for themselves, their families and communities.

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.

An independent web resource that provides a range of services to those working in, or concerned about, criminal and youth justice social work services.

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.