criminal justice, law and rights

Reports of independent inspectorates

Thematic reports and research from the HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales.

Recorded crimes and offences involving firearms, Scotland, 2010-11

Bulletin that forms part of a series of bulletins produced by the Scottish Government on the criminal justice system.

It provides information on those crimes and offences recorded by the police in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved or where a firearm was stolen.

Family justice review: the children's verdict

Children's views on the recommendations of the Family Justice Review Panel, 2011.

Gangs and global exchange: confronting the Glasgow gang complex

Publication that reports on the contributions to a one-day conference held in Glasgow on the 2 December 2010.

The role of the probation service: eighth report of session 2010-12 (Volume 1)

Probation is an essential part of the criminal justice system and at its best the probation service delivers community sentences which are tough, challenging offenders to change their offending lifestyles.

Report on the session 2010-12.

Restorative justice: time for action

The overuse of custody in the past two decades has resulted in an overburdened and ineffective prison system. In spite of record spending, re-offending rates remain high and public confidence in the criminal justice system low. This report highlights how at a time of austerity, resources need to be focused on responses to offending that are efficient and effective, and which also meet the needs of victims and communities.

Children and the Scottish criminal justice system

One of six briefing papers covering various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system. It outlines the way in which children who commit offences are dealt with, focussing on those under the age of 16.

The Scottish criminal justice system: the prison service

One of six briefing papers covering various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system. It provides a brief description of the operation of the prison service in Scotland, including information on the system of early release for prisoners.

The Scottish criminal justice system: the criminal courts

One of six briefing papers covering various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system. It provides a brief description of the operation of the criminal courts in Scotland.

The Scottish criminal justice system: the public prosecution system

One of six briefing papers covering various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system. It provides a brief description of the operation of the public prosecution system in Scotland.