Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    23rd February 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new measures to improve the management of offenders, the launch of Scottish Legal International, and two Ministers’ visit to Polmont to launch Year of  Young People within the prison service. Management of Offenders Bill New electronic monitoring technologies which can better protect victims of crime form part of the Management of Offenders Bill...

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  • The week in review

    9th February 2018 by

    This week’s round up includes discussions at Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce about law enforcement efforts to tackle human trafficking, new figures on Community Payback Orders, and the publication of an independent review of undercover policing in Scotland. Undercover policing An independent review of undercover policing in Scotland, published on Wednesday provided reassurance to the public...

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  • Local projects gain almost 6 million hours ‘payback’ from community sentences

    6th February 2018 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has responded to the publication (Tuesday, 6th February 2018) of National Statistics for Criminal Justice Social Work in 2016-17, which includes figures for community sentences. The official figures show that around 1.2 million hours of unpaid work were completed through Community Payback Orders in 2016-17 – bringing the total...

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  • The week in review

    2nd February 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visiting Women’s Aid HQ to announce funding ahead of the passage of the Domestic Abuse Bill, and Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing speaking at the launch of the Scotland Drowning Prevention Strategy. Justice for domestic abuse survivors This week the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was passed by...

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  • The week in review

    26th January 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson’s visit to Craigroyston Community High School to see the impact a Cashback for Communities funded training session is having on the young people involved, the launch of Police Scotland’s national fraud awareness campaign #TakeFiveWeek, and the commencement of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act. Cashback for Communities funding On...

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  • Justice Secretary praises law enforcement agencies for organised crime case

    26th January 2018 by

    Scottish Crime Campus Gartcosh

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has hailed the work of Scotland’s police and prosecutors as members of an organised crime gang received Serious Crime Prevention Orders following earlier prison sentences. Following the sentencing on Monday this week at the High Court in Glasgow of nine men accused of being involved in serious organised crime, and...

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  • The week in review

    20th January 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s visit to HM Prison Edinburgh, Police Scotland figures for reports of domestic abuse over the festive period and Community Safety & Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing’s visit to Coatbridge Fire Station to hear views about service transformation plans from frontline crews. No let-up in tackling domestic abuse On Monday Police Scotland reported that...

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  • Community Payback Orders: Fife Council’s drive to get the ‘Best’ from people on community sentences

    18th January 2018 by

    Best of You programme participants

    In December 2015, Fife Council Criminal Justice Social Work team was approached by Mark Brown, the founder and author of the award-winning programme ‘The Best of You’, to take part in a pilot of the programme aimed at people serving statutory orders such as Community Payback Orders (CPO), the main community sentence in Scotland. With 20 years of...

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  • Response to Justice Committee report on Bill to repeal OBFTC Act

    18th January 2018 by

    Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing has responded to the stage 1 report on report on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. She said:“The vast majority of football supporters are well-behaved and the Act is a clear statement that no section of society is exempt from standards and behaviours that...

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  • Last month in review

    12th January 2018 by

    Welcome back to the first blog post of the year. This week’s blog reflects on some highlights from the festive period. Tackling domestic abuse Late last year saw the announcement that around 14,000 Police Scotland officers and staff will receive further training to assess instances of psychological abuse and coercive control in domestic abuse cases....

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