2008 Conference Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November
Peebles Hydro
"Towards a Scottish Penal Policy Consensus" Conference Chair: David Strang, QPM, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police

Keynote Addresses will be given by Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former First Minister and Chairman Scottish Prisons Commission; Dr Nancy Loucks, Independent Criminologist and Professor David Wilson, Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research, University of Central England.

Saturday’s interactive workshop will be led by Dan Gunn, Governor of Glenochil Prison, exploring the topic "How much can prison actually do?" and the first day’s events will close with a panel led discussion entitled "Community Justice Authorities: a difference in the making?", chaired by Professor Sandy Cameron (Chair of the Parole Board for Scotland) with guest panellists Chris Hawkes, Chief Officer CJA, Helen Wright, Convener CJA and Dr Nick Bland, Scottish Government Criminal Justice Analyst proferring views on "Community Justice Authorities: A difference in the making?".

Sunday morning’s Panel Session will comprise a series of presentations on Community Options with contributions from Routes out of Prison (Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group); 281 Centre (Marnie Hodge, Development Manager, Turning Point); Community Links Centre (Keith Hastie, Senior Manager (Operations), SACRO Lothian & Borders and The Role of Criminal Justice Social Work (Sandy Riddell, Director of Community Services, Moray Council and Chair, ADSW Criminal Justice Standing Committee).

Conference Programme and speaker details
Registration Form (.pdf)

For further details contact Irene Cameron, SASO Administrator (