International, Global, Transnational
Courts and Sentencing
Prisons, Probation and Community Justice
Policing and Security
Law, Policy and Practice
Knowledge Exchange and Engagement
This section is for general SCCJR materials and crime and justice resources.
Evidence, Statistics and Trends
Across SCCJR we make use of existing data sets to explore trends and improve our understanding of crime and justice. We have particular methodological expertise in quantitative criminological research, developing statistical analysis and data modelling. Our work in this area includes analysis of prison statistics, modelling offending behaviour and analysing large data sets, such as the Scottish...
Crimes of the Powerful: organised, white collar and state crime
Organised crime involves groups or operations run by criminals. Organised crime is commonly motivated by a desire to generate money, and includes activities such as drugs-trafficking, trafficking in people, extortion and kidnapping for profit. The term also refers to highly organised groups involved in activities motivated by political rather than monetary gain, such as terrorism. White-collar...
Research Methods and Criminological Theory
SCCJR aims to make significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the academic study of crime and justice. Our methodological work is about improving the way in which we research crime and justice issues whilst our theoretical work involves the attempt to explain criminal behaviour. We have particular methodological expertise on evaluation, ethnography, longitudinal analysis and...
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
There are differences between men and women in terms of their criminal behaviour and their experiences of the criminal justice system. By far the majority of crime in Scotland is committed by men, and when women offend they tend to commit low-level, non-violent offences and pose little risk to society. At SCCJR our research about gender, crime and criminal justice includes research about women...
Young People and Youth Justice
Young people who break the law in Scotland are subject to the youth justice system, which is different to the justice system for adults. The youth justice system in Scotland involves the Children’s Reporter who works with a range of agencies to decide what should be done with young people committing offences. A range of options are open to the Children’s Reporter including referral to...
Violence, Drugs and Alcohol
Violence is a form of crime which is often, but not necessarily, related to drugs and alcohol misuse. SCCJR’s research on this topic includes work on youth gangs, young women and violence, rape and sexual abuse, alcohol misuse and domestic abuse, and drinking and drug use in the community.
Criminal Justice Process and Institutions
Criminal justice processes and institutions are used by the government or state to maintain social control, deter and control crime, and sanction those who violate laws. Key institutions involved in the Scottish criminal justice process include the police, the courts, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and correctional institutions (prisons etc). SCCJR’s work on this topic includes...