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The challenge of an ageing prison population

It's said that prisons reflect our societies. From the aboriginal community in Australia to the poor in Scotland, those at the bottom of the social pile predominate in their penal institutions....

By 
Kenny MacAskill
14 December 2016
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Fix room for drug addicts overdue but welcome

The announcement of support for Safe Injection Facilities in Glasgow is long a overdue but very welcome decision. Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership are to be congratulated for taking these...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
8 November 2016
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Too many vulnerable people being criminalised

Far too many vulnerable people are being drawn into the justice system, the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Claire Sugden, told our conference on the UK justice systems on Wednesday.

Speaking at Criminal...

21 October 2016
News

Criminal justice since 2015 conference agenda published

We have published the agenda for our forthcoming conference, 'Criminal Justice since 2015: What happened? What next?', which will be held on Wednesday 19 October.

The Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Claire Sugden MLA, and the former Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, head a...

28 September 2016
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Tackling terrorism with proportionate responses

Recent attacks in France and Germany have brought home in a shocking way that no one and nowhere is off limits, and nothing safe or sacred. The new ‘Nike’ terrorism, so called as it encourages...
By 
Kenny MacAskill
1 August 2016
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A new approach to drugs for the Trainspotting generation

The stars have been in Edinburgh for the filming of Trainspotting 2. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and other actors have been on the streets of the capital as the sequel to the 1990s cult...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
21 July 2016
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Action needed on short prison sentences in Scotland

In 2010 the Scottish Government legislated for a presumption against sentences of less than three months. Six months had been sought, but cross-party support was absent for the minority SNP...

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Kenny MacAskill
24 June 2016
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The Lockerbie bombing and the search for justice

On 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 departed from Heathrow for New York. It wasn’t scheduled to land in Scotland. However, a delay in departure meant that a bomb placed on the plane detonated...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
26 May 2016
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Ending the civil war on drugs

If there is a ‘war on drugs’, it’s a civil war; the main protagonists our own people not some foreign enemy.

It’s a problem that’s rooted more in social and economic inequalities, than in...

By 
Kenny MacAskill MSP
6 January 2016
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Gearing up for a lower drink driving limit

It’s argued that the most effective laws are those that help change the behaviour causing concern in our communities. Not only is the offence prosecuted less, as it diminishes in frequency. The...

By 
Kenny MacAskill MSP
29 December 2015