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.
#SGPConf Interview: John Finnie talks NATO, Justice and his 'frustration' with Holyrood politics
The Scottish Greens’ justice spokesperson sat down with CommonSpace to discuss the necessity of opposing a nuclear alliance, his hopes for the Transport Bill, and the need to reform the Scottish justice system.
Justice for All: New law conference to highlight the need for Scottish legal reform
The Justice For All conference will feature prominent legal figures such as Aamer Anwar and Jonathan Mitchell
- New student-run conference will examine the relationship between law and the common good
- Conference organiser Michael Gray argues that Scotland’s legal community should play a renewed part in public debate
- Speakers will include a diverse range of legal authorities, activists and advocates
RebLaw: How student lawyers in Scotland are rebelling for social justice
Glasgow University students and RebLaw volunteers Susan Nelson and Christopher Clannachan explain how law trainees are finding their rebel spirit
SATURDAY 11 March 2017 marked the inaugural RebLaw Scotland conference held at the University of Glasgow.
RebLaw is a movement of "rebellious lawyering". It originated in Yale law school and, being the largest student-run public interest conference in the United States, seeks to address how the law can be used as a tool for social justice.
Grenfell figures reveal social housing shortage amid glut of empty luxury property
Kensington housing crisis revealed by Grenfell fire deaths
THE WEALTHY BOROUGH of Kensington and Chelsea, where the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire disaster took place, represents the extreme segregation of UK housing policy, according to new figures released by researchers.
There are 1,399 vacant dwellings are in the borough according to Kensington and Chelsea council research, with many properties linked to offshore tax haven ownership - the mechanism of the property speculation industry.
Defamation event to challenge the power “to silence those who disagree”
Campaign to reform defamation hold Scottish Parliament event for law reform
MOVES TO REFORM defamation law will be the focus of a special event at the Scottish Parliament later this month.
Campaign group Pen Scotland, which supports the interests of artists and free expression, will hold a campaign event hosted by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman on 27 June.
Rob McDowall: Politicians may well be unpopular, but we all have a duty to protect them
Writer and human rights advocate Rob McDowall explains why he's campaigning for the Scottish Government to strengthen laws to protect parliamentarians
I AM an avid user of social media and I regularly disagree with policies and policy makers on Twitter and Facebook but I always try to do so as respectfully as possible. When you try to make a political point by attacking someone personally, I believe that you've lost the argument and lowered the tone into the bargain.