Our latest piece of research “Rules for Them and Rules for Us” is now available to read. This brand-new research maps the real-life stories of participants against the complexities of the Scottish justice system. The experiences also bring to life Community Justice Scotland’s Navigating Scotland’s Justice System digital resource which shows the different routes and outcomes individuals may face.

Alongside “Rules for Them and Rules for Us”, we have created a series of illustrations which map four different #JusticeJourneys: Community Payback Order (CPO), Diversion, Long-term prison sentence and Short-term prison sentence.

We hope that these illustrations will help bring greater understanding of the complexities those involved with the justice system face.

Samantha Reekie, Improvement Lead at CJS said: “In mapping out and exploring the complexities of the justice system, we can highlight the ways in which people experience these processes with a view to making targeted improvements going forward. But we must also consider how we can better support individuals at all stages to take ownership of their journey and view themselves as participants rather than mere subjects of the justice process in Scotland.”

Community Payback Order 


Short-term prison sentence

Long-term prison sentence



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