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What is community justice? A new short film

NEWS | 29th May 2024

We’re pleased to launch a new short film to raise awareness about the benefits of community justice.

Research shows that 70 per cent of the public don’t know what community justice means. This new video explains what it is and how it is being used to create a safer, fairer justice system in Scotland.

Mairi Clare Rodgers, Interim Head of Communications at Community Justice Scotland, said:

“Community justice is one sentencing option that can help people stop breaking the law again leading to fewer victims and safer communities. Yet, research has told us that the majority of the Scottish public do not know what it is. That’s why it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of how a community first approach to sentencing can keep Scotland safer and we hope this film will help.

“The evidence shows us that where it’s safe, keeping people connected to their support networks in the community where they can access help to change their offending behaviour can help prevent reoffending.”

The short film, which was filmed at locations in Edinburgh and Midlothian, was created with The Union creative communications agency.

A behind-the-scenes photo of filming in a garden as the sun sets. There is a camera crew filming three people in high-vis vests.

Michael Hart, Creative Director of The Union, said: “Like so many other sectors, the justice system could do with a little disruption and transformation. Community justice is the change it needs. It was a privilege to create a film that we hope makes its value clear and unarguable.”

Watch the 2-minute film below or on the Community Justice Scotland YouTube channel