Prisons, Probation and Community Justice
Graphic Novel Brings Life to Prison Sentences
30th April 2019
A NEW graphic novel aims to bring life to a Scottish woman’s story of trauma, substance abuse and prison. ‘A Life in Pieces’ is the work of Dr Marguerite Schinkel, a lecturer in Sociology based at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow and illustrator Morag Kewell, and follows the story of ‘Alison’ as...
Study finds criminal record tick box failing employers and job applicants
4th January 2019
Criminal record declarations often do little to accurately predict the risk of re-offending among potential recruits, new research has found. But asking people to declare convictions upfront may put people off applying for jobs whilst offering employers a false sense of security. The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research paper, Time for...
Offenders view short-term sentences as waste of time
28th November 2018
Unlike long-term prisoners, those with short, repeated sentences rarely view such prison terms as transformative or effective at rehabilitation or deterrence, says a recent study among prisoners themselves into the meaning of serving short-term prison sentences repeatedly and over a long period of time. In a three-year study, SCCJR’s Dr...
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...
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...
SCCJR Response to Scottish Government Consultation on Transforming Parole Scotland
Published: March 2019
SCCJR welcomes the opportunity to comment in response to this Scottish Government consultation. Our submission focuses on the following key points: 1. We advocate further consideration and discussion of the purpose of the parole system in Scotland. Its future development could formally encompass two purposes: (a) risk assessment and public safety, and (b) enabling desistance and...
Scottish Government Consultation on Prisoner Voting
Published: March 2019
Dr Hannah Graham, Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at the University of Stirling, submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Prisoner Voting.
The Scottish Prisons Commission 10 Years On – A Briefing Paper
Published: July 2018
This briefing paper highlights the key issues that the Commission concerned itself with during its deliberations, quoting from its report and sketching how the landscape in these areas has developed since then. We hope it serves as a useful refresher for stimulating your participation at the conference on 29th June 2018. The presentations, lectures and discussion at this event will inform the...
Researching Inclusively With People With Learning Disabilities in Prisons
Published: June 2018
Very little is known about how people with learning disabilities symbolically engage with imprisonment and discursively account for it within their wider self-narratives. Although there is little published research on this, literature shows that this group are over-represented among prison populations worldwide and that their needs are simply not being met during their incarceration. My doctoral...