Analysis: Scotland’s prisons are bursting at the seams - will @ScotGov be brave on community justice?
A new report has highlighted the overcrowding crisis in Scotland’s prisons – the evidence suggests a community justice approach would be more effective and affordable, but is the Scottish Government politically brave enough to embrace it?
THE 2018/19 report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons Scotland, Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, makes for grim reading.
Analysis: Blame Westminster for drug deaths record - and blame 20 years of Holyrood conforming to British norms
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says shocking new Scottish drug death statistics cannot be blamed just on one party, or one parliament – it’s a collective political failure more than 20 years in the making
THE new figures on drug-related deaths in Scotland are simultaneously shocking and predictable.
1,187 deaths last year, 27 per cent higher than the previous year. Drug deaths have doubled since 2008, and for the first first time more people died from drugs than alcohol this year. Drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in the EU.
Podcast: Making justice 'worth it' for survivors of domestic abuse
CommonSpace sits down with the experts to learn more about how the criminal justice system works for domestic abuse survivors
COMMONSPACE JOURNALIST Caitlin Logan sits down with Scottish Women’s Rights Centre solicitor Sarah Crawford, clinical psychologist and domestic abuse expert Dr Mairead Tagg, and SNP councillor Julie McKenzie who was the victim in two domestic abuse cases which saw her former partner convicted.
We ask, is the Scottish justice system working for suvivors of domestic abuse, and what can happen to ensure it does?
Anonymous: My journey to speaking out on the rape and abuse my partner inflicted
Writing anonynously, a domestic abuse and rape survivor shares her journey towards deciding to speak out
[Content note: Description of domestic abuse and rape.]
IN MAY 2017, I decided to report something that I’d spent the last seven months remembering, contemplating, processing and finally coming to terms with.
Court process can “cause as much damage” for victims as domestic abuse, say women’s rights advocates
Despite progress, experts say systemic change is needed to ensure domestic abuse survivors do not feel “let down” by the courts
SCOTLAND’S COURTS system must be reformed to better support domestic abuse and rape survivors who can find the process “as traumatic as the abuse”, according to campaign and advocacy organisations.
Making justice 'worth it': Domestic abuse survivors say change is needed if victims are to have confidence in the legal system
CommonSpace speaks to four women who have been through the courts in domestic abuse cases to learn how the system works for them
“HIS ABUSIVE pattern was without a doubt back in full force and I was beginning to realise it had never really gone. People were being hurt by him once again. I needed to speak the truth.”
Exclusive: SNP councillor who faced domestic abuse speaks out on being “put through hell” in court
Oban councillor Julie McKenzie says she hopes to help other women by challenging a system which is “stacked against victims”
SNP COUNCILLOR at Argyle and Bute Council Julie McKenzie has spoken out on her experience as a victim in two court cases which saw her former partner convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour.
In an interview with CommonSpace, McKenzie was one of four women to detail the harrowing impacts of going through a court process which she believes is “stacked against victims”.
Ballots behind bars: Grassroots prisoner voting campaign launches in Edinburgh
Activist launches new campaign to push for prisoner voting rights after facing stigma of her brother’s imprisonment
A NEW campaign, Ballots Behind Bars, will host its first event in Edinburgh tonight (17 July) exploring the case for extending the right to vote to prisoners.
Behind the campaign is Amie Robertson, who battled “shame and mental distress” when her brother was incarcerated during her teenage years.