We have also been tasked with “improving” the language that has been put forward in the actual bill itself. The term “offender” and ex-offender” appears in the introduction and we are now working with civil servants to come up with a form of words that underlines what Community Justice is about without using those pejorative and negative labels. This is most definitely a work in progress as any suggestions have to be cleared with the parliamentary drafters and legal team. The bill as it currently stands can be found on theScottish Parliament website.
We took part in this conference and helped to deliver a workshop entitled “Putting the Community into Community Justice”.
This workshop was examining the process of setting up the new model for Community Justice. The session was jointly delivered along with Turning Point Scotland.
Pete highlighted the progress and journey through the criminal justice system – it was broken into three separate parts: –
Eric covered how easy it is for someone’s life to go out of control and result in becoming involved in the system
Tosh spoke about the period between arrest, sentencing and serving a sentence.
Jim spoke about throughcare and the problems and barriers that can and do arise.
Two people from Turning Point shared their experiences and talked about their return to citizenship as they perceived it. Their session was based around the work of an academic from Yale University and the five Rs model: -Rights; Responsibilities; Roles; Relationships and Resources.
Overall the input was well received and generated some useful discussion around how the transition to the new model will be achieved…