This report sets out the government response to the findings and recommendations of the Cullen Inquiry following the shootings at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton on 13 March 1996. Comment is made on: recommendations on the certification system relating to Section 1 firearms; police powers and the legal responsibilities of licensed gun or firearms clubs; restriction of the availability of Section 1 firearms and amendment of existing firearms legislation accordingly.
Report examining the issue of crime in Scotland by looking at key indicators and the policies in place to deal with criminal behaviour, in particular focusing on policing, courts and sentencing to see what actions could be taken in those areas to achieve a long term fall in the crime rate.
Paper examining the changing trends in the U.S. youth justice system since the end of the nineteenth century and arguing that a new model should be constructed for the 21st century based on the concept of placing young offenders in an intermediate category, separate from children and adults.
Report presenting the findings of a study which carried out a systematic review of the published review literature on the harms and benefits of alcohol consumption for children and young people. The quality of the evidence found is assessed as is its relevance to the UK population. Gaps in the research are also identified.
This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on the female sex industry. Prostitution, an industry reckoned to be worth more than £770m a year in the UK, employing an estimated 80, 000 women in Britain, is scheduled for its first comprehensive overhaul in fifty years.
Report that asks if and in what way devolution has led to a divergence in criminal justice policy and crime trends since the late 1930s.
Scams Awareness is to help the vulnerable, especially the elderly, from being ripped off by con artists with such traps as bogus lotteries, deceptive prize draws and 'miracle' health cures.
It is estimated that as many as three million members of the public fall victim to scams sent by means of the post, email, text, telephone and internet, and during this month Carers UK is helping to raise awareness so that more people can avoid joining the growing list of casualties.
The Office of Fair Trading has produced a leaflet specifically for carers and care professionals.
Report identifying the extent of partner abuse in Scotland, both since the age of 16 and over a 12-month period. It assesses the nature and impact of partner abuse and explores the extent to which people or organisations were informed about the abuse, in particular contact with the police about the incident.
Report presenting the early findings from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2008/09. Included are estimates for the majority of questions contained in the survey questionnaire and some simple one-to-one relationships between survey variables.
Paper highlighting the limitations of evaluating criminal justice services in terms of their impact on re-offending using reconviction data only.
It discusses the implications of this for policy and recommends the use of other research methods which conform more to the aims of specific services. It also identifies some of the limits of any criminal justice system's capacity to reduce harm in society.