Disclosure (Scotland) Bill – Written Submission to Education and Skills Committee

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The disclosure regime in Scotland is complex and affected by a range of legislation including the recent Management of Offenders and Age of Criminal Responsibility Acts – that complexity creates confusion for many. Simplification of this landscape is critical to ensure that people with convictions are afforded opportunities to move on with their lives. It…

Written evidence to the justice committee on the proposed extension of PASS

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In its Programme for Government 2018-19, the Scottish Government stated that it would extend the presumption against short sentences from 3 to 12 months. In advance of the Scottish Statutory Instrument being laid in Scottish Parliament, the Justice Committee invited submissions of written evidence on the impact of the PASS since introduction, and the potential…

The Framework for Smart Justice, Strategic Commissioning Framework: Frequently Asked Questions

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Scottish Government have asked CJS to develop a Framework for three years that focusses on good practice guidance for strategic commissioning, and advised that they hope to see effective delivery across community justice partners and partnerships by that time. They have also made a long term commitment to embedding joint strategic planning and delivery in…

Joint Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Justice – Transforming parole in Scotland

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On 19 November 2018, Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposed reforms of the Parole Board for Scotland, aimed at improving the experience of victims in the parole process and to increase transparency.  Community Justice Scotland considered these reforms in collaboration with Wellbeing Scotland, a third sector organisation supporting people who have experienced significant trauma. …

CJS response to Prisoner Voting

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CJS has submitted a brief response to the Scottish Government on its Prisoner Voting consultation following our Board meeting on 23 January 2019. Read our response here.