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Reconviction among Drug Court participants

The aim of the project was to assess whether the pilot drug courts had successful in bringing about reductions in re-offending by comparing drug court reconviction rates with reconviction rates among similar offenders sentenced elsewhere. The analysis compared recidivism among drug court participants sentenced over a period of 4 years with reconviction among offenders given DTTOs in Glasgow and...

Learning about alcohol: Influences of family context

This project is due for completion in 2010, and was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Alasdair Forsyth is a co-applicant along with Derek Heim of Central Lancashire University, principle investigators being Oona Brookes, Douglas Eadie, Susan MacAskill and Sam Punch of the University of Stirling. The project built upon a previous study, in which Alasdair was an advisor, and in this he...

Incarceration, social control and human rights.

This project formed part of the International Council on Human Rights Policy’s inquiry on Social Control and Human Rights. The work informs the Council’s recent report: The Widening Web of Control: A Human Rights Analysis of Public Policy Responses to Crime, Social Problems and Deviance, which is currently published in draft for comment and review,...

Diversion from Prosecution to Social Work

The SCCJR have been contracted by the Scottish Government to examine the use of diversion from prosecution to social work in Scotland. This project involves analysis of recent patterns of use of this form of diversion across Scotland, and an in-depth study of working practices in three Community Justice Authorities. A draft report has been submitted and the research team will present...

Implicit Thinking in Intimate Partner violence

This pilot study involves data collection from two sites, one in England & Wales and one in Scotland. The work is supported by the Scottish Prison service (SPS). The work is producing the first dataset describing the implicit thinking of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) offenders and the results will be presented at both national and international conferences in...

Assessing Dynamic Risk in Intimate Partner Offenders

This project, which was conducted in 2009, was sponsored by the Scottish government and involved reviewing literature to develop a comprehensive risk assessment approach for intimate partner offenders which would be open to dynamic change, thus capable of reflecting the impact of treatment groups and other interventions within the criminal justice system. This was undertaken by Prof. E.

AQMeN

AQMeN is an ESRC funded network of around 1400 people with a shared interest in quantitative methods and who wish to refresh their existing knowledge or learn a range of new skills. The main aim of AQMeN is to build capacity in quantitative expertise amongst the social science community of Scotland. The Network is led by a group of academics from eight of the Scottish Universities and its...

Audit of a sample of alcohol outlets in Glasgow

This project was conducted in collaboration with Anne Ellaway and Laura MacDonald of the MRC Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. This built on a previous collaboration examining the spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow, and used digital photography to make a visual record of the exterior of each off-sales premises in the city during one week in October 2009,...

Assessing Risk in Intimate Partner Offenders

This project was sponsored by the Risk Management Authority and was undertaken 2009-2010. This involved critical appraisal of the literature and evidence base in IPV risk assessment and producing a paper to inform the Risk Management Authority’s guidance on IPV risk Assessment and management. The work was undertaken by Prof. Liz Gilchrist and is currently informing policy advice...

Understanding the drivers of the female prison population in Scotland

SCCJR are undertaking some analysis aimed at identifying factors that may have contributed to the increased use of female imprisonment in Scotland. The number of women imprisoned in Scotland has risen dramatically over the last 10-15 years (as it has done in other western jurisdictions) prompting questions as to the factors that have brought about this change. In seeking to explore this issue...

Youth Violence in Scotland

In November 2009, SCCJR were commissioned by the Scottish Government to identify and collate available qualitative and quantitative research data and information about youth violence in Scotland. The review draws on available sources of data from administrative sources (recorded crime, criminal proceedings, school exclusions, referrals to the Children’s Hearings System) and from the...

Circles of Support and Accountability

Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA or Circles) have been operating in Canada and England for several years. Following a recommendation by the Justice 2 Committee, the Scottish Government now believes it timely to consider the feasibility of introducing COSA pilots to Scotland. The SCCJR was subsequently commissioned to undertake this investigation on behalf of the Scottish...

Ethnography of Penal Policy

This project, funded by the ESRC, is using the techniques and perspective of ethnography to study penal reform at a key moment in Scottish history. An ethnographic approach involves close up observation and immersion in the world it aims to document. Over the past 18 months, Sarah has been both working on and tracing the changes taking place in penal policy as various actors – civil...

Evaluation of Up-to-us Young Women’s Project

Evaluation of the Up-2-Us Time for Change Project This is an evaluation of the pilot Up-2-Us Time for Change Project, which is a gender-specific service targeted at young women aged between 14 and 18 years deemed to be at significantly high risk of admission to secure care or custody. The research takes a multi-dimensional perspective, by undertaking a set of qualitative interviews...

A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Drivers of Perception of Anti-Social Behaviour

This rapid evidence assessment was requested and funded by the Home Office in 2009. Non-SCCJR colleagues John Flint and Sadie Parr were also members of the project team. The report is available here...

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Home Detention Curfew (HDC) and the Prison’s Open Estate

The Scottish Government has contracted with SCCJR to evaluate the effectiveness of these two schemes of graduated release from prisons. The project began in February 2010 and is scheduled to be complete at the end of September 2010. The evaluation involes statistical analysis of the trends of use and breach of HDC and open prisons, an assessment of the costs and benefits of the schemes and...

All Change

This research developed from an examination of the development of ‘holistic’ responses to address offending behaviour and other social ‘problems’, and work which originated from the Pathways to Recovery seminar series. Drawing on the lived experiences of respondents actively involved in ‘grass-root’ community based support groups, the research examines...

Evaluation of the Grampian Return Home Welfare Interview (RHWI) pilot

This evaluation examines the operation of Grampian Police RHWI pilot in two pilot areas. The RHWI has been introduced to provide a more effective response to young people who are reported missing either from home or who are looked after and accommodated. The evaluation has been commissioned by the Scottish Government and is due for completion in April 2010. This is a joint evaluation with...

A Comparative Analysis of Community Service in Belgium, Holland, Scotland and Spain

This project is being undertaken for a special issue of the European Journal of Probation. An analytical framework has been adopted to describe the development, implementation and evolution of unpaid work by offenders in each country and to identify contemporary issues and challenges. A further comparative paper is focusing on identifying similarities and differences across jurisdictions, and how...

Women, Punishment and Community Sanctions – Human Rights and Social Justice

The core objective of the programme will be to draw upon international knowledge and expertise to critically assess cross cultural responses to lawbreaking by women with a particular emphasis upon human rights and social justice. The programme will focus upon comparative experiences of community sanctions for women, an area that has received relatively little academic and policy attention. In...