About Community Justice for Women Scotland

‘A strong and united voice that represents women in community justice’

Originally developed by Scotland’s 8 Community Justice Authorities

Community Justice for Women in Scotland is a forum to highlight some of the key issues facing women in the justice system. The aim of this site is to bring together everyone with an interest in improving the lives of women looking to address offending and provide resources and links to organisations that share these values.

There are some fantastic examples of organisations working together and we intend to showcase what they are doing.

A prison sentence for women has many implications for families and increases the likelihood of physical and mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse and further offending for the women themselves and their children.

Experts and a range of organisations and agencies are working in partnership to address some of the complexities of women’s involvement in the justice system.

This follows the Brigadier Hugh Monro’s 2009 report into HMP Cornton Vale when he was HM’s Chief Inspector of Prisons and the subsequent Commission on Women Offenders, chaired by Dame Elish Angiolini, to look at the treatment of women in the justice system in 2012.

The Scottish Government committed new investment in community-based services for women in the justice system. However there is a coinciding need to build confidence among the judiciary, statutory agencies, the media and wider public, in order for community-based approaches to be effective.

This site allows people a forum to find out more and exchange information about community justice approaches so they are known, understood and valued.

It is taking on the principles, areas of interests and contributions of Scotland’s Community Justice Authorities over the last decade around safety, evidenced-based solutions and reducing the reliance on prison.

We passionately believe that alternative options to custody are cost effective and have positive longer lasting results. They are not soft options and dealing with the root cause of the offending behaviour is likely to reduce further reoffending. This will benefit both the women themselves and create safer communities.

Women should not be defined by their offending status, but be seen as contributing, valued members of society.

This site is for anyone working in the justice field in the judiciary or academia in either a professional or voluntary capacity. It is non-party political.

It is adminstered by Turning Point Scotland and was originally developed by Scotland’s 8 Community Justice Authorities.