Projects

Projects about Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

Families of Nations and Criminal Justice Outcomes

There is a long history within Social Policy of identifying groups of countries who share common policy outcomes (typified by the work of Gøsta Esping-Andersen, 1990, and Francis Castles, 1998). This work built on the recent work of Paul Norris (2007) by looking at how the groups of nations identified in other areas of Social Policy may relate to differences in criminal justice...

Scottish Prisons Commission Report

In July 2008, the Scottish Prisons Commission published its report, setting out an ambitious vision of penal reform. Sarah Armstrong and Fergus McNeill acted as academic advisers during the latter stages of the Commission’s work. The report, ‘Scotland’s Choice: Report of the Scottish Prisons Commission’, argued that a nation’s use of prison is partly an expression of...

Metaphors in Policy

Metaphors are not merely ornamental, they fundamentally shape how we know things. The use of passive language and particular prepositions when discussing womens’ offending (see the report ‘Women Offenders: A Safer Way’), for example, is the deployment of a metaphor of women as victims. The metaphors used to describe integration of public sector activities, such as...

Evaluation of the National Parenting Development Project Project (NPDP, Aberlour Child Care Trust).

This was a four year evaluation of the National Parenting Development Project which examined the strategic and direct impact of the project. This involved an examination of the collaborative work between NPDP and the Programmes Unit at HMP and YOI Cornton Vale where a pilot project has been introduced aimed at assisting women prisoners to address issues of separation...

European Society of Criminology Working Group on Community Sanctions

The European Society of Criminology has recently established a new Working Group on Community Sanctions. The group, which is open to members of the ESC, aims to stimulate critical comparative research on community sanctions in European jurisdictions. For more details, see: http://esc-eurocrim.org/workgroups.shtml#sanctions or contact Fergus McNeill at F.McNeill@sccjr.ac.uk...

Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision

CREDOS is an international network of researchers, and policy and practice partners in research, who share a common interest in the effective development of offender supervision. It was established following a seminar in Prato, Italy in September 2007 and aims to support, encourage and engage in high quality, collaborative and comparative research and scholarship.

An investigation into the environmental impact of off-license premises on residential neighbourhoods

The project was funded by the Alcohol Education Research Council (AERC) and has been conducted with Neil Davidson, now at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, University of Dundee, and Jemma C Lennox of the Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University. As well as field observation and expert interview, this groundbreaking research has pioneered the use of digital photography...

Cultural Change in Community Justice

SCCJR was commissioned by the Scottish Government to prepare a brief literature review which explores cultural change in community justice. This is intended to inform the ongoing work of a Performance Improvement Strategy Group which is trying to develop the effectiveness and quality of criminal justice social work in Scotland, as part of the Reducing Reoffending agenda. The basic idea is...

Desistance and Reducing Reoffending

Desistance from crime – the process through which people cease and refrain from offending – is a research topic that is of significant import for criminal justice policy and practice. Staff of the SCCJR have already made a number of contributions to debates about how policy and practice could and should respond to the findings of desistance research. For...

Compliance with Community Penalties

This project is a collaboration with Dr Gwen Robinson at the University of Sheffield. At the moment we are awaiting a decision from the ESRC about funding the research. The focus of the project is on exploring the dynamics of compliance with community supervision. This is an area of considerable policy and practice significance, particularly in penal systems concerned about the...

Probation Histories

This project was funded by the British Academy and ran from March 2008-winter 2009. The basic idea was to collect oral histories of probation in Scotland by interviewing former probation officers and former probationers who experienced probation in the 1950s and 60s, prior to the demise of the Scottish Probation Service after the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. The reason for our...

Social Enquiry and Sentencing in the Sheriff Courts

This ESRC funded research project was a collaboration with Simon Halliday, Neil Hutton and Cyrus Tata at the University of Strathclyde. The study used innovative ethnographic methods to study the production of social enquiry (or pre-sentence) reports and their use by sentencers. A summary report of the project’s findings can be found in project documents, along with some related...

Prison Privatisation

Centre staff have longstanding interests in analysing all aspects of private sector involvement in penal institutions and practices. This project heading collects together numerous aspects of that interest and provides a means of finding relevant research on the topic. Please check back regularly for updates on activity and publications. Project DocumentsCommodification of Offender...

Crime and Justice Research Training and Development

The Capacity Building Network based at the University of Stirling is devoted primarily to capacity building in the area of criminal justice research, with a remit for developing and consolidating applied expertise, liaison with stakeholders, and overseeing outreach activities. Encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach to criminal justice research in Scotland is a major objective of this...