Prof Alec Spencer

Honorary Professor (Penology and Criminal Justice)

University of Stirling


Alec retired from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in March 2006, having served as a Prison Governor and then member the SPS Board as Director of Rehabilitation and Care from 2001. He was responsible for the development of policy and services in relation to rehabilitation and care of offenders, particularly in the areas of offender programmes and interventions; psychological services, risk and needs assessments, sentence management; education, training and employability, social work and families; addictions, healthcare and mental health services; social inclusion, resettlement and partnerships; research and analytical services.

In July 2005 Alec was appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling. He is an Associate Member, Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Group, and a member of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice. He has published a book on working with sex offenders, and is a member of the Expert Group on Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking – VVAPP [Dof H, NIMHE and HO].

Alec was appointed as Chair of the Scottish Accreditation Panel for Offender Programmes in April 2006. He is also a member of the National Support Team established to support change in the offender management system. In November 2006 he was elected as Chairman of the Council of SASO (Scottish Association for the Study of Offending).

He was co-founder and Chair of the Scottish Forum on Prison and Families (1990-2000), now Families Outside. He is Chairman of ‘Includem’, a Scottish charity providing services to some of the most troubled and challenging young people. During the latter part of 2006 he was Adviser to the Scottish Parliament, Justice 2 Sub-Committee Inquiry into the Justice System (Child-Sex Offenders): an inquiry into issues concerning the monitoring, housing and disposal by the Courts (including sentencing) of sex offenders against children.


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