Projects

Projects about Violence, Drugs and Alcohol

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...

Reconviction among young people sentenced in the pilot Youth Courts

This project was to assess whether the pilot Youth Courts were more effective in bringing about reductions in recidivism, reconviction among Youth Court cases was compared with reconviction among three other groups of cases: those sentenced in the sheriff summary court and those sentenced in two comparator Sheriff Summary Courts over a similar period of time. The work was requested by the...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

User Views of Punishment

Sarah Armstrong (Glasgow University) and Beth Weaver (Strathclyde University) are conducting research, in cooperation with the Scottish Prison Service, into the experience of doing short prison sentences and community-based sentences (probation, community service). We want to know what those affected by these punishments are going through and how such sentences help or hinder the ability to...

Alcohol Misuse and Domestic Abuse

This study was commissioned by former NHS Argyll & Clyde Alcohol and Drug Action Team to explore current research and practice in relation to domestic abuse and alcohol misuse, in order to assist development of an alcohol counselling component of an integrated service for working with male victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Inverclyde. A final report was submitted in July...

Pathways to Recovery Seminar Series

Margaret Malloch and Rowdy Yates (Scottish Addiction Studies) Pathways to Recovery is a unique series of seminars bringing some of the leading figures in the addiction field to debate the issue of "recovery" – what does recovery mean; can recovery be achieved; and if so, how? Over a six-month period in 2008, Pathways to Recovery will bring together practitioners, academics...

Drinking and Drug Use in the Community: A Survey of Young Offenders, 2007

This project was conducted in collaboration with Bill McKinlay, the Governor of HMP Barlinnie, and staff at Polmont YOI. Data collection builds upon similar surveys conducted by Bill during 1979 and 1996. The Scottish Prison Service published the report of the project in 2009. To view details and download the final report click here.