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The Innocent Victims of the Criminal Justice System

The Innocent Victims of the Criminal Justice System

The Innocent Victims of the Criminal Justice System According to Matthew Thomson, solicitor and legal aid policy officer at the Law Society of Scotland, criminal defence solicitors have their work cut out for them. He says “Criminal proceedings are, more often than not, stressful, complicated and time consuming. The end result can be devastating for […]

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Families Outside – supporting families affected by imprisonment

Families Outside – supporting families affected by imprisonment

When an individual is arrested, found guilty and sent to prison society breathes a sigh of relief – the perpetrator is being punished and the people are being protected. But what about the families that are being left behind? The parents, partners, siblings and, perhaps most importantly, the 27,000 children in Scotland who have a […]

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Reform Scotland - family contact could help close the revolving door

Reform Scotland – family contact could help close the revolving door

Reform Scotland – family contact could help close the revolving door Think tank calls for pilot scheme to put landline phones in cells Reform Scotland, the independent, non-party think tank, has published a new report – Reforming Prison. The report aims to contribute to the debate on how to better rehabilitate prisoners, and carries a number […]

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Conference 2017 - taking the outcomes forward

Conference 2017 – taking the outcomes forward

On 31 May this year, Families Outside hosted a national conference on improving support for families at the point of arrest. The conference highlighted clearly the trauma of witnessing a family member’s arrest and explored ways of addressing this. Of particular note was Clore Social Research Fellow Jo Tilley-Riley‘s research into the experiences of children […]

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The importance of schools being aware and sensitive without discriminating further

The importance of schools being aware and sensitive without discriminating further

As a relatively inexperienced primary teacher, I recall the behaviour of a boy in my class changing. Periods of withdrawal would be interspersed with outbursts. It was clear something had changed, something was wrong. On discussing with a senior colleague, I learnt that his brother had recently been sent to prison. Looking back, I know […]

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