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Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice

In this project, researchers are gathering information about how experiences of criminal justice settings and processes can be conceptualised and measured. A justice experience can include contact with police, going to court, experiencing a criminal sanction, in the context of being a vicitm, witness, perpetrator or accused, family member or professional. How different people experience a...

Scottish Justice Fellowships

Scottish Justice Fellows is a new initiative putting research to work. In this scheme, the Scottish Government, SCCJR and SIPR are partnering to support recent PhD scholars translate their research into outputs that can inform policy and practice. There is substantial untapped resource in PhDs completed in Scotland on policing, crime, justice and related issues and Fellowships aim to support...

Concepts of Community: Exploring ‘Community’ in Theory, Policy and Practice Imaginaries

In this SCCJR funded project, researchers are exploring and developing concepts of community and how these are used in research, policy and practice. The conceptualisation and definition of community has been at the centre of ongoing discussion (Cohen, 1989; Day, 2006). The persistent question ‘what is community?’, or ‘how might a community differ from the community?’ have prompted many...

The Scottish Prisons Commission: Ten Years On

In July 2008 The Scottish Prisons Commission (also known as the McLeish Commission) published its report Scotland’s Choice. This report culminated an eight month investigation of how Scotland uses prison and the range of factors that drive this, from inequality in society to arrest and sentencing practices. The report contained 23 recommendations covering an almost unprecedented range of...

The effects of vicarious traumatisation upon those working in the justice system in Scotland

The project will explores the experiences of service providers working with girls and young women who have experienced trauma and victimization. The project, which started in January 2017, is using mixed methods, including interviews and psychometric measures, with 25-30 service providers working in either custodial or community-based settings with girls and young women who are involved with /

A Systematic Review of Police Interventions against Serious Organised Crime

This research project is being undertaken as one of the work packages included in a series coordinated by the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction (WWCCR), hosted by the UK College of Policing. It focuses on the extent to which law enforcement disruption interventions effective in reducing the level of threat and harm posed by organised crime groups and networks. Specifically, this research...

The Governance of Security and the Analysis of Risk for Sporting Mega Events

Overview In July, 2014 Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games (G2014), the largest event ever hosted by Scotland.   Large-scale international sporting events, like the Commonwealth Games, can be conceptualised as mega-events which, although they are of short duration, often have long-term consequences for the city or country that hosts them. The governance structure for G2014...

Evaluation of Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) and Diversion from Prosecution in Dumfries and Galloway

Domestic Violence and Police/ Victim Interaction

Domestic violence has received increasing attention in Scottish policy and legislation, through criminalisation of abusive behaviour and the provision of civil measures to protect victims, and the development of broad frameworks for action in the field. Alongside this activity, the number of domestic abuse incidents coming to the attention of the police has increased by 50% over 10 years, rising...

The Scottish Community Engagement Trial (ScotCET)

The world’s first randomised field trial of procedurally just policing, the Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) was developed by UQ researchers and led by the ARC Centre of Policing and Security. ScotCET is Scotland’s replication of QCET, testing whether “procedurally just” encounters between police and citizens improves citizen perceptions of police. ScotCET aims to replicate...

Evaluation of the Police Scotland/Rape Crisis Scotland ‘Support to Report’ Pilot Advocacy Service

The primary purpose of the research is to evaluate the Support to Report pilot project in relation to its intended outcomes: 1.An improvement in the support available to victims of rape and serious sexual crime. 2.An improvement in the experience of the criminal justice process for victims of rape and serious sexual crime. 3.A reduction in the level of abstraction from the criminal justice...

Lives Sentenced: Experiences of Repeated Punishment

There has been little research examining how those who are punished by the criminal justice system experience and give meaning to their sentences. Research that does exist has largely focused on one single sentence. However, criminal punishment does not happen in isolation, but is given meaning in the context of wider lives, and for most offenders, in the context of previous punishments. This...

(Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong

(Re)Imagining Youth analyses youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong in historical and cross-cultural perspective, drawing on a qualitative, comparative case-study design. Building on landmark sociological research from the 1960s (Jephcott 1967, 1971), the study explores socio-cultural meanings and changing experiences of youth leisure in two case-study locations, with a particular focus on...

Whole System Approach to Children and Young People who Offend

The project funded by the Scottish Government will involve phase one of the evaluation of the implementation of the national Whole System Approach to Children and Young People who Offend. The programme of work on the Whole System Approach will be extended from September 2012 with the appointment of two full-time +3 PhD Studentships (funded through the ESRC/Scottish Government Co-funded...

COST Action IS1106 – Offender Supervision in Europe

Offender supervision in Europe has developed rapidly in scale, distribution and intensity in recent years. However, the emergence of ‘mass supervision’ (i.e. in the community) has largely escaped the attention of legal scholars and social scientists more concerned with the ‘mass incarceration’ reflected in prison growth. As well as representing an important analytical lacuna for penology...

Strengthening the Health Visitor Response to Families affected by Domestic Abuse

Prof Michele Burman is a co-investigator with Dr Lorna Paul (PI) and Clare McFeele (RA) on this two year action research project is funded by the Burdett Trust in Nursing and commenced in March 2012. The aim of the study is to assist community health visitors to identify, and actively engage with women exposed to domestic abuse, in order to more effectively assess and address their health and...

Punishing Spaces, Working Spaces: Artist in Residence at SCCJR

In this Leverhulme Trust funded residency (February – November 2012), photographer Jenny Wicks was in residence at SCCJR for ten months. This artistic-academic collaboration aims to bring into view the researcher rather than the sometimes sensational topics of their study. Placing the criminologist at the scene of the crime allows for the exploration of key boundaries: between innocent and...

Public procurement processes and resillience against infiltration of organized crime

Ongoing.  A collaborative project being undertaken with the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcment Agency with the support of the Scottish Government...

Football Banning Orders in Scotland: Evaluating their operation

SCCJR is leading a team evaluating Football Banning Orders in Scotland.  The research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and conducted between June and December 2010. The purpose of the evaluation is to consider the operation of the football banning order legislation to date and make recommendations to improve its use and effectiveness. The project is being led by Niall Hamilton-Smith...

Services for Young Runaways: A Scoping Study

This scoping study for the Scottish Coalition for Young Runaways was undertaken to examine responses to young people in Scotland who run away from home or substitute care. The study, originated from concerns about the experiences of young people who run away or are forced to leave where they live and aimed to find out more about the responses currently in place to address the needs of these young...