Reform Scotland

Justice

Forget being hard or soft on crime – be smart instead – Iain Smith

If we truly want to reduce offending within our communities in Scotland then we must move beyond tokenistic, meaningless terms like being “hard” or “soft” on crime. We need to be cleverer. ‘Smart Justice’ offers a chance to stand back from the crime (the “what”) and focus on the person committing the crime (the “who”). …

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Mobile tech providing vital lifeline for prisoners and their families – Humza Yousaf

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has fundamentally changed life for all of us, threatening the health, wellbeing and lives of people around the world. In these unprecedented times governments across the UK and internationally have had to take difficult decisions, including within our systems of justice to help combat, curtail, and control the spread of the virus. …

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Video calls can help prisoners maintain family links during the pandemic- George Kyriacou

Maintaining family ties has proven to be vital for prisoner reform, increasing mental health, and, reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Figures have shown that prisoners who have regular contact with family are 39% less likely to reoffend on release.  At this difficult time, prisoners, and their loved ones are struggling with no visits, coupled with …

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Video Calls for Inmates Will Help Turn Prisons into Places of Rehabilitation – George Kyriacou

I Prisoners who are regularly visited by a partner or family member are 39% less likely to reoffend than those who don’t. Scotland has just 15 prisons, compared to 131 in England and Wales, so inmates’ families are far more likely to have to travel long distances to visit them. The time and expense of …

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