CREATING A SAFER SCOTLAND

Community Justice Scotland is responsible for promoting world-leading standards of community justice across Scotland.

We will provide leadership, training and insight to support community justice partners prevent offending and reduce the number of future victims.

We will identify worldwide expertise, best practice and opportunities for commissioning, and introduce fresh ideas which inspire innovation and change.

We will change the conversation about community justice and prevention of offending, shift attitudes and increase understanding.

We will work with our partners and help drive change by identifying improvements and challenges in our community justice system.

OUR VISION

Can Scotland become the safest country in the world? Through innovation and change, we’re working hard to prevent offending, reduce the number of victims and introduce world-leading standards of community justice across Scotland.

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MEET OUR TEAM

We’ve recruited an experienced and expert team to introduce new ideas that will inspire positive change within Scotland’s community justice system.

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OUR PARTNERS

We work closely with the very broad range of statutory agencies and third sector organisations that are involved in the delivery of community justice related services throughout Scotland. With them, we help develop effective local service delivery plans and report their outcomes to Scottish Ministers.

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SCOTLAND'S CRIME STATISTICS

Community Justice Scotland plays a central role in the continual improvement of Scotland’s justice system. We provide advice to Ministers and local government leaders to strengthen how public services, third sector and other partners work together to prevent and reduce further offending.

Grey Circle

13,735

13,735 people were sentenced to prison in Scotland between April 2015 and March 2016. 65% of these were for sentences of 6 months or less.
57% of people released from a custodial sentence of six months or less are reconvicted within a year.
39% return to prison within a year of being released.

IN THE REAL WORLD

We’re here to make a difference in communities across Scotland by reducing reoffending and changing lives for the better. Read our case studies to see how best practice changes real lives.

The project – new thinking changes lives

The project – new thinking changes lives

It’s about caring about the outcomes and your future
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Taking the chance to change: Des’s story

Taking the chance to change: Des’s story

I just thought fighting my way through life was the right way to do things
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Reports & Statistics

Latest Crime and Justice statistics

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