The existence of the separate criminal jurisdiction in Scotland is ignored by most criminological texts purporting to consider crime and criminal justice in 'Britain' or the 'UK'. This book offers a critically-informed analysis and understanding of crime and criminal justice in contemporary Scotland. It considers key areas of criminal justice policy making in Scotland; in particular the extent to which criminal justice in Scotland is increasingly divergent from other UK jurisdictions as well as pressures that may lead to convergences in particular areas, for instance, in relation to trends in youth justice and penal policy.
The book considers the extent to which Scottish crime and criminal justice is being affected both by devolution as well as the wider pressures resulting from globalization, Europeanisation and new patterns of migration.
While the book has a Scottish focus, it also offers new ways of thinking about criminal justice – relating these issues to wider social divisions and inequalities in contemporary Scottish and UK society. It extends the ‘gaze’ and analysis of criminology by exploring issues such as environmental crime, urban disorder and the new urbanism as well as crimes of the rich and powerful and corporate crime, giving it a relevance and resonance far beyond Scotland.
Criminal Justice in Scotland will be an essential text for students in Scotland taking courses in criminology, sociology, social policy, social sciences, law and police sciences, as well as criminal justice practitioners and policy makers in Scotland. It will also be an essential source for students of comparative criminology elsewhere and academics wishing to take Scotland into account in thinking about criminal justice in the UK.
‘This excellent volume gives the reader an accessible, illuminating and up-to-date picture of Scottish criminal justice. Locating the distinctive character of the Scottish system in a social and comparative context, these incisive essays challenge complacent national myths and replace them with sharp, well-informed analysis.’–David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, New York University
‘Criminal Justice in Scotland makes a valuable and timely contribution to the growing field of comparative criminology.’ – Pat Carlen, Professor of Criminology, University of Kent
‘At last we have a well-informed and up to date discussion of issues in Scottish criminal justice in one volume...Croall, Mooney, Munro and their contributors have done the field, in and beyond Scotland, a great service.’ – Richard Sparks, Professor of Criminology at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
'The editors have attempted something ambitious and difficult with this collection....A very useful text.'
-Rod Morgan, University of Cardiff, in the British Journal of Criminology vol 51 iss 6
'This is an excellent book that not only fills a gap by providing an overview of the Scottish criminal justice system, but also provides an accomplish insight into the dynamics of globalisation and localism.'
-Jamie Bennett, Governor of HMP Morton Hal, in Prison Service Journal no 194