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Gina’s Story
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Episode 1: Justice, Disrupted In this episode Byron Vincent speaks to Campaigner and Co-founder of SCM Direct, Gina Miller. They talk about a radical reframing of the justice system and […]

Gina’s Story
David’s Story
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Episode 2: Justice, Disrupted In this episode Byron speaks to Livingston FC First-Team Manager, David Martindale. They talk about growing up in social housing; moments of transition as young people […]

David’s Story
Aidan’s Story
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Episode 3: Justice, Disrupted In this episode Byron speaks to Aidan Martin, author of best-selling memoir Euphoric Recall. They talk about Aidan’s difficult upbringing in West Lothian; his addictions from […]

Aidan’s Story
Richard’s Story
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Episode 4: Justice, Disrupted In this episode Byron speaks to Reverend Richard Coles. In addition to Richard’s position in the clergy, he is an author, radio presenter and former member […]

Richard’s Story
Chris’ Story
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Episode 5: Justice, Disrupted In this episode Byron speaks to Chris Daw QC: Lawyer, legal commentator and author of ‘Justice on Trial’. Together they discuss radical overhauls needed within the […]

Chris’ Story
Kit’s Story
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Episode 6: Justice, Disrupted In this episode Byron speaks to writer and former magistrate, Kit de Waal. They talk about how Kit’s upbringing influenced her choices; her experience of working […]

Kit’s Story
Reece’s Story
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Episode 1 of ‘Our Justice’ A mini-series of true stories and conversations, co-produced with young people with experience of the Scottish justice system. In this episode we hear from 25-year-old […]

Reece’s Story
Reece & Kayleigh’s Story
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Episode 2 of ‘Our Justice’ A mini-series of true stories and conversations, co-produced with young people with experience of the Scottish justice system. In Reece’s second episode, he invites his […]

Reece & Kayleigh’s Story
Elio’s Story
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Episode 3 of ‘Our Justice’ A mini-series of true stories and conversations, co-produced with young people with experience of the Scottish justice system. In this episode we hear from 18-year-old […]

Elio’s Story
Elio & EJ’s Story
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Episode 4 of ‘Our Justice’ A mini-series of true stories and conversations, co-produced with young people with experience of the Scottish justice system. In Elio’s second episode, they speak to […]

Elio & EJ’s Story
Chris’s Story
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Episode 5 of ‘Our Justice’ A mini series of true stories and conversations co-produced with young people with experience of the Scottish justice system. In this episode, we hear from […]

Chris’s Story
Chris & Gary’s Story
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Episode 6 of ‘Our Justice’ A mini series of true stories and conversations co-produced with young people with experience of the Scottish justice system. In Chris’s second episode, he interviews Gary […]

Chris & Gary’s Story
Bobby & Karen’s Story
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I'm accepting the help, I'm wanting the help.

Addicted to love Set in Dundee, this story explores relationships, setbacks, hope and addiction.

Bobby & Karen’s Story
Mark’s Story
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I was a no good waste of space. An alcoholic.

Set in the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian, this story explores why giving up booze is only half the battle.

Mark’s Story
Jack’s Story
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Without this chance, I don’t know where I’d be. Who I’d be.

A second chance after selling drugs

Jack’s Story
The Reaper Story
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It's thinking of ways that can help them break that offending behaviour.

The times they are a-changin’

The Reaper Story
Kirstie’s Story
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Imprisoning women doesn’t work, they need to be socialised and they need the support.

From offending to Oxford: my second chance

Kirstie’s Story
Lucy’s Story
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I lost 20 years of my life to drugs. Now I’m an award-winning student.

For years, no one saw Lucy as Lucy… She’s now an award-winning student embracing life as a scholar and a grandma!

Lucy’s Story
Morag’s Story
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I’ve had a second chance, I may not have deserved it, but I’m glad I got it

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

Morag’s Story
Jenny’s Story
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I used to think I was the only one having these problems

Expelled from school at 13, and in and out of the justice system, Jenny took her second chance and changed her life for the better.

Jenny’s Story
Malky’s Story
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No one wakes up and decides to be a criminal…things aren’t black and white

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

Malky’s Story
Kevin’s Story
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Crime is not black and white, it’s not evil and good, it’s just people.

Kevin reflects on being a victim of assault and his journey to find his voice, again.

Kevin’s Story
Unpaid Work Stories
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You're putting something back into the community and you're learning something at the same time.

Unpaid work takes place all around Scotland. It allows people to settle their debt to society and build better lives for themselves, their families and communities. A sheriff can order […]

Unpaid Work Stories
Natalie’s Story
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What they see is a label… they don’t see that it’s someone’s child

Natalie is a non-nonsense, passionate Mentor who supports people with complex needs and trauma. She runs the addictions Recovery Cafés in HMP Barlinnie and HMP Shotts. Both are a safe […]

Natalie’s Story
Sheriff Martin-Brown’s Story
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In the nicest possible way, I hope never to see them again

Sheriff Martin-Brown was appointed as a summary sheriff in Tayside, Central and Fife in 2016 and has responsibility for the Problem Solving Court in Forfar. She grew up in the […]

Sheriff Martin-Brown’s Story
Stewart’s Story
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It is important that people see beyond the uniform, but a lot of people don’t

Police. What comes to mind? It’s not all about catching the baddies… PC Kerrigan discusses the side of policing that the public don’t see – and can’t see. Officers dealing […]

Stewart’s Story
Ross’ Story
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This isn’t just another number in the system…it’s a human being.

Ross works with young people who have been involved with the justice system. His incredible energy and enthusiasm and his connections with not only the young people but other services, […]

Ross’ Story
Nancy’s Story
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There is hope… everybody wants better for their bairn

As the Head Teacher of Dalmarnock Primary School for the past 9 years, Nancy has seen the area change beyond recognition and the school double in size to over 400 […]

Nancy’s Story
Jordan’s Story
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It all comes down to trauma, and nobody’s safe from trauma.

Jordan works with young people who have experienced trauma. He supports them to re-engage using hip-hop, rapping, song writing, DJ’ing and music production. He helps young people to develop new […]

Jordan’s Story
Jess’ Story
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It’s all about equality for me… We can’t afford to lose another generation

The custody suite below St Leonard’s Police Station is an intimidating environment: windowless corridors are lined both sides with thick metal doors, well-worn whiteboards and busy charge bar. However, within […]

Jess’ Story
Kim’s Story
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My mum had a lot of mental health issues, my dad was in the army so he wasn’t there much

Success to me means being able to look in the mirror every morning and like what I see, knowing I’m not perfect but I’m me, I’m alright.

Kim’s Story
Des’s Story
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I thought I was a big man until I went in there...

I thought I was a big man until I went in there,” he admits. “I quickly realised that jail isn’t for me but when I got back out I just […]

Des’s Story
James’ Story
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I was born into a family system that was involved in criminality

“I was born into a family system that was involved in criminality,” says James, now a successful mentor working with vulnerable young people but once a criminal with a grim […]

James’ Story
Carey’s Story
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A big part of the treatment isn’t medicine at all… it’s relationships

Working as a GP in one of Edinburgh’s most socially deprived areas, Carey believes her key role is being an advocate for her patients. It’s not just about consultations. It’s […]

Carey’s Story