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Apex Scotland: publications

Web page of publications produced by Apex Scotland. It includes annual reports and annual lectures.

Fair access to justice? Support for vulnerable defendants in the criminal courts

Briefing paper that has been prepared for criminal justice, healthcare and legal professionals and practitioners, members of the judiciary, and local government directors of adult and children’s services and lead members in England and Wales.

It will be of particular use to those working in liaison and diversion services in England and criminal justice liaison services in Wales; magistrates; defence lawyers and court staff.

The Scottish Government response to the Commission on Women Offenders

Document that sets out the Scottish Government’s response to the Commission on Women Offenders. In April 2012, the Commission on Women Offenders published its report based on a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in Scotland.

The Commission recommended actions that will improve outcomes for women involved in that system and reduce their reoffending.

COCOA: Care for Offenders Continuity of Access

Project that describes the current status of continuity of healthcare for offenders and identifies areas of best practice; identifies some clear mechanisms for ensuring initial access and continuity of care throughout the health and criminal justice systems; and produces some conjectured hypotheses of the essential elements of effective models of healthcare service delivery for offenders.

Breaking the cycle of women's offending: a system re-design

Paper based on a swift consultation and actionplanning exercise with a group of RR3 representatives and additional stakeholders co-opted for their expertise and strategic overview of women in the CJS.

The group took a dynamic approach to the task by analysing the key routes of girls and women into and out of the CJS and considering how to stem the flow in a more gender-responsive way.

Rehabilitating drug policy: what can we do better to reduce offending by drug addicts?

Report that examines the challenges of reducing offending by drug addicts, what interventions are effective, and how effective drug interventions can be delivered.

How and why people stop offending: discovering desistance (IRISS Insights, no.15)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

It provides a brief introduction to the research evidence about the process of desistance from crime.

Commission on women offenders

Final report of the Commission on Women Offenders, which was established to examine how female offenders are dealt with in the criminal justice system.

The impact of drug treatment on reconviction

Study that compares the differences in the conviction rates of known offenders during the two years before their initial assessment for drug treatment and the two years after.