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.

PVG and the Disclosure of Criminal Convictions – CJS response

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The consultation is of relevance to CJS as an employer and also as a public body with a corporate plan commitment to ensure the effective reintegration into the community of people who have been convicted. Access to employment, housing, learning and volunteering are all routes to providing people with the opportunity to reintegrate successfully, to…

Age of Criminal Responsibility – Consultation Response

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Community Justice Scotland (CJS) welcomes the Age of Criminal Responsibility (ACR) Bill. We believe any measures which decriminalise our response to children and young people’s negative behaviours, is a positive move. The raising of the ACR is long overdue in Scotland and has unintentionally contributed to intergenerational issues for society by criminalising the most vulnerable…

Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill – Consultation Response

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Outline Community Justice Scotland welcomes the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill which makes provision for electronic monitoring, periods of disclosure and the functions of the Parole Board for Scotland with the overall aim of transforming justice in Scotland and improving rehabilitation. We recognise the ambition by the Scottish Government to balance the new advances in EM with…