Real life stories

Follow their justice journey

Explore the Scottish justice system through the stories of those who have experienced it.

Follow Malky, Morag, Lucy and Jack’s journeys alongside the corresponding stages within the justice system – links below. These stories are taken from our flagship series ‘Second Chancers’.

The digital Scottish justice system map is part of our ambition to create a robust evidence base which will increase understanding, inspire innovation and make Scotland better for all of us.

Please note that the justice journeys are optimised for viewing via laptop or desktop PC.

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Jack was arrested, alone and sentenced to a second chance, “I grabbed it. Completed my hours, tag off, working on my anger. Without this chance, I don’t know where I’d be. Who I’d be.”

View Jack's Journey


For years, no one saw Lucy as Lucy. It was ‘Lucy the junkie’. She’s now an award-winning student embracing life as a scholar and a grandma!

View Lucy's Journey


Malky tells his story from chaos, addiction and his darkest moment to recovery, repair and redemption.

View Malky's Journey


Morag made a mistake – but fought her own shame and other’s judgement to find peace and contentment.

View Morag's Journey