Justice and Safety

  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : February 2018

    5th March 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the February edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, drawing from recent research undertaken...

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  • The week in review

    2nd March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new statistics on human trafficking, new regulations of civil courts system and an independent review into legal aid system. Firstly though, on behalf of the public, the Justice and Safer Communities directorates would like to extend our thanks to all those across the Justice sector who have worked so hard during this week’s extreme...

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  • 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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