Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland is an edited collection of chapters from leading experts that builds and expands upon the success of the 2010 publication Criminal Justice in Scotland to offer a comprehensive and critical overview of Scottish criminal justice and its relation to wider social inequalities and social justice.

This new volume considers criminal justice in the context of the Scottish politics and the recent referendum on independence and it includes a discussion of the complex relationships between criminal justice and devolution, nationalism and nation building. There are new chapters on research and policy, sectarianism, gangs, victims and justice, organised crime and crimes of the powerful in Scotland, as well as chapters reflecting on the use of electronic monitoring, desistance and practice, and major changes in the structure of Scottish policing. 

Comprehensive and topical, this book is essential reading for academics and students in the fields of criminal justice, criminology, law, social science and social policy. It will also be of interest to practitioners, researchers, policymakers, civil servants and politicians.

part |63 pages

Thinking about and researching crime and criminal justice in Scotland

chapter |13 pages


Crime, justice and inequality: the Scottish context

chapter |14 pages

Scotland's Political and Policy Landscape

Devolution, social policy and criminal justice

part |67 pages

Aspects of criminal justice process and practice

chapter |16 pages

Victims' in Scotland

A Review

chapter |15 pages

Policing Scotland Post Reform

Towards a shifting ‘culture of control' and a new politics of policing?

part |11 pages

Looking ahead

chapter |10 pages

Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland

Reflections and future prospects