This event examines the direction of policy around
This event examines the direction of policy around justice management in Scotland and asks what the implementation of recent legislation will mean for offenders, victims, communities, and the professionals who support them.
Towards ‘Smart Justice’
In June 2019, the Scottish Parliament passed the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act. The Act provides for the use of new electronic monitoring technologies to support the Scottish Government’s intention to maximise community sentences as an alternative to prison. The Act also reduces how long certain convictions must be disclosed to employers to help people move into work, which is expected to improve rehabilitation, ease reintegration, and reduce reoffending.
But critics point to the low completion rates of Community Payback Orders, the lack of additional resources to underpin these reforms, and argue for greater protections for victims.
The debate around justice management is brought into sharp focus by the recent extension of the Presumption Against Short Sentences from 3 to 12 months. This means that there could be up to 4,413 additional offenders across Scotland sentenced to Community Payback Orders each year. The increase in quantity, and potentially an increase in complexity of need, poses significant challenges to existing community justice provisions. Community Justice Scotland notes that delivering these reforms will require additional resources and ‘innovative and coordinated planning on the part of community justice partnerships’.
Join us for this highly interactive event as we examine what the implementation of recent legislation means for your organisation, explore the role you can play in reducing reoffending, and investigate the future direction of justice policy in Scotland.
Key issues we will address with you
- Update on the policy context: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act, the extension of the Presumption Against Short Sentences, and further justice reforms contained in the upcoming Programme for Government
- A review of the best possible services to support rehabilitation and reduce (or prevent) reoffending
- Achieving greater collaboration in planning and delivery across statutory and non-statutory partners
- Resource challenges posed by up to 4,413 extra Community Payback Orders
- Safeguarding the rights of victims and protecting the public
- Humza Yousaf MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government (tbc)
- Dughall Laing, Director for Business Management & Development, Recruit With Convictions
- Chaired by: Dr Hannah Graham, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Stirling
All Day (Wednesday)
Central Edinburgh - Venue TBC