Gill McIvor, Professor of Criminology, SCCJR; Mary Belgan, Service Manager, 218 Centre; Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside; and Margaret Malloch, Research Fellow, SCCJR, discuss whether women's imprisonment is the best way to deal with female offenders and the possible alternatives.
A website resource of briefings, research reports, journal articles and books on the subject of crime and justice.
Report discussing how penal policy and sentencing can best contribute to reducing the prison population in Scotland while still maintaining public safety and suggesting some principles which would establish a presumption against the use of imprisonment as a means of punishment.
Paper addressing the question of overcrowding in the prison system in England and Wales and arguing that one way to increase capacity in the system is for the UK Government to unlock the value of the prison estate which would release funds to build modern prisons and increase the number of prison places.
Epidemiological studies routinely collect quantitative data on gender differences in drug use (e.g. prevalence, mortality), but far less is published on the qualitative aspects of female drug problems. This review presents quotations gleaned from interviews with women in eight countries. Through these testimonies, the report illustrates how qualitative research can provide glimpses into the experiences and perceptions of women facing drug issues that statistics alone cannot provide.
The aim of this Report was to develop a cohesive framework for dealing with sex offending. Some of the 73 recommendations build on the policies and processes already in place in order to strengthen existing measures aimed at protecting communities from sex offenders. Other recommendations support the introduction of new measures and new arrangements which will help to deliver a safer environment.
Report providing an overview of crime and justice policies in Scotland and making comparisons with data from previous reviews to give an indication of how Scotland is performing.
Document reporting progress made towards four goals in the effort to tackle domestic violence, namely to increase the early identification of and intervention with victims, to increase the capacity of the domestic violence sector to provide help and support, improve the criminal justice response and support victims through the criminal justice system.
Report providing a review of the inspection activities of HMIP in Scotland as well as reporting on the issues of severe and enduring mental health problems in Scotland's prisons and young offenders in adult establishments.
This report presents the findings from an exploratory qualitative study that centres on a key Department for Work and Pensions client group that until now has not been extensively researched in terms of its interaction with benefit and employment services and the labour market. It focuses on a cohort of 40 (male) ex-prisoners who were tracked over a six-month period following their release from prison.