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Ethnography of Penal Policy

This project, funded by the ESRC, is using the techniques and perspective of ethnography to study penal reform at a key moment in Scottish history. An ethnographic approach involves close up observation and immersion in the world it aims to document. Over the past 18 months, Sarah has been both working on and tracing the changes taking place in penal policy as various actors – civil...

Evaluation of Up-to-us Young Women’s Project

Evaluation of the Up-2-Us Time for Change Project This is an evaluation of the pilot Up-2-Us Time for Change Project, which is a gender-specific service targeted at young women aged between 14 and 18 years deemed to be at significantly high risk of admission to secure care or custody. The research takes a multi-dimensional perspective, by undertaking a set of qualitative interviews...

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...

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Home Detention Curfew (HDC) and the Prison’s Open Estate

The Scottish Government has contracted with SCCJR to evaluate the effectiveness of these two schemes of graduated release from prisons. The project began in February 2010 and is scheduled to be complete at the end of September 2010. The evaluation involes statistical analysis of the trends of use and breach of HDC and open prisons, an assessment of the costs and benefits of the schemes and...

All Change

This research developed from an examination of the development of ‘holistic’ responses to address offending behaviour and other social ‘problems’, and work which originated from the Pathways to Recovery seminar series. Drawing on the lived experiences of respondents actively involved in ‘grass-root’ community based support groups, the research examines...

Evaluation of the Grampian Return Home Welfare Interview (RHWI) pilot

This evaluation examines the operation of Grampian Police RHWI pilot in two pilot areas. The RHWI has been introduced to provide a more effective response to young people who are reported missing either from home or who are looked after and accommodated. The evaluation has been commissioned by the Scottish Government and is due for completion in April 2010. This is a joint evaluation with...

A Comparative Analysis of Community Service in Belgium, Holland, Scotland and Spain

This project is being undertaken for a special issue of the European Journal of Probation. An analytical framework has been adopted to describe the development, implementation and evolution of unpaid work by offenders in each country and to identify contemporary issues and challenges. A further comparative paper is focusing on identifying similarities and differences across jurisdictions, and how...

Women, Punishment and Community Sanctions – Human Rights and Social Justice

The core objective of the programme will be to draw upon international knowledge and expertise to critically assess cross cultural responses to lawbreaking by women with a particular emphasis upon human rights and social justice. The programme will focus upon comparative experiences of community sanctions for women, an area that has received relatively little academic and policy attention. In...

Evaluation of the Women in Focus Programme

The Women in Focus Programme is aimed at reducing the number of women imprisoned from the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority area by offering additional support within the framework of a statutory order. The research, funded by the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority, is assessing the effectiveness of the programme in reducing levels of breach and levels of custody...

A profile of female offenders within the Lothian and Borders

Understanding the characteristics and needs of women in the criminal justice system is a first step towards the development of effective interventions and services that can divert female offenders from imprisonment and support their desistance from crime. This study, funded by the Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority, described and analysed the characteristics and needs of women...

Analysis of Supervision Skills by Juvenile Justice Workers

This research, funded by the Australian Criminology Research Council, is examining the nature and effectiveness of different styles of supervision of offenders. The research is being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Justice in New South Wales. The study sample will include 50 juvenile justice workers and 200 juvenile justice clients (four clients for each worker). Data...

User Views of Punishment

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

Ethnography Reading Group

This group is for anyone interested in, using or even sceptical of ethnographic research methods in any area of research, criminological or otherwise. We meet about every 6-8 weeks (in Glasgow) to discuss suggested readings of articles, chapters and books. We have begun to consider presenting our own work as a way of learning about a variety of ethnographic methods in different contexts, and...

Working Lunches at Ivy Lodge

Working Lunches are held from 12.30pm to 2pm on Wednesdays in the ASRF Meeting Room, 66 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow.  They provide an informal space in which to discuss research ideas, whether this comes from work in progress, work we are thinking about doing or a common reading. We welcome visitors and have a small budget to offset costs of travel for anyone seeking a forum in which to discuss...

Economics of Crime

Running from June 2009 through to the end of August 2010 the economics of crime project seeks to extend the current knowledge on the economic impact of crime. The project hopes to further understanding by combining two unique data sets one on crime and the other on house sales in the same geographical area. The outputs from the project will involve academic papers and research proposals to extend...

Building Safer Communities: ESRC Engaging with Scottish Local Authorities initiaitve

This collaborative project between the Scottish Community Safety Network and the Universities of Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh aims to support the delivery of community safety interventions across Scotland. A key output is the production of a high quality website designed to support the building of practitioner capacity. The website contains ‘Practice Notes’, in which community safety...

Different Systems, Similar Outcomes? Tracking Attrition in Reported Rape Cases

This project, led by Professor Liz Kelly and Jo Lovett of CWASU, London Metropolitan University was funded under the European Commission, Daphne II Programme. The project set out to research attrition of rape cases in the European context, across 11 countries with varying judicial systems and cultures. The research sought to explore in detail the factors involved in attrition of rape cases and...

The International Market in Illicit Antiquities

Simon Mackenzie has conducted two empirical research projects into looted antiquities to date.  The first was a study of the regulatory structure which governs the international market, coupled with a focus on dealers and their role in creating and sustaining demand for illicit artefacts (2001-2004). Output from this study can be found in several journal articles as well as in the book Going,...

Consensus / Consenso

SCCJR, in collaboration with Xunta de Galicia, Spain and 4 other international partners, were awarded a grant under the European Commission, DG Freedom, Justice and Security: Framework Partnership ‘Prevention of and Fight Against Crime 2007’ for a project identifying, analysing and disseminating existing good practices in restorative juvenile justice across six...

Policy Responses to Gender Based Crime in Scotland

Michele Burman and Jenny Johnstone in collaboration with Janette de Haan and Jan Macleod, of the Women’s Support Project received a research grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for a project entitled Responding To Gender-Based Violence In Scotland : The Scope Of The Gender Equality Duty To Drive Cultural And Practical Change ‘ The project summarised current...