CREATING A SAFER SCOTLAND

Community Justice Scotland believes that smart justice based on the best evidence of what works to prevent offending, repair lives and improve our communities will make Scotland a safer place to live.

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

We work to change the conversation about justice, increasing understanding and support for what will make Scotland better for all of us.

We give expert evidence and detailed briefings to parliament, helping to shape laws and policies to be the best they can for everyone in our community.

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

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

What Smart Justice in Scotland could look like

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Why Smart Justice works

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Latest News

‘Everybody wants better for their bairns’ CJS launch part two of groundbreaking campaign

Justice is about more than the justice system

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Blog

CJS submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee on pre-budget scrutiny

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The Relationship between Mentorship and Self-Efficacy Post-Incarceration

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OUR VISION

Smart justice for a safer Scotland. Through evidence, innovation and change, we’re working hard to prevent offending, repair lives and reduce the number of victims.

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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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Second Chancers
Second Chancers;

Everyone deserves a second chance

What does justice look like in 21st century Scotland? Times are changing; a new way of thinking is emerging and a movement for a smarter justice system is beginning. Listen to authentic and raw stories of what works, what doesn’t and what we should be doing better.

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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.

SMART JUSTICE IN ACTION

Evidence and innovation can change lives for the better. Read about some of the incredible work going on across Scotland.

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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