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Imposing the death penalty by ministerial edict

Recent terrorist atrocities, whether in Beirut, Egypt or Paris, are bringing a military response from the West. Air strikes have already been carried out by France and it’s likely the UK...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
1 December 2015
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Police Scotland reform was long overdue

The establishment of Police Scotland was a virtue born from necessity. The virtue was that at long last specialist services could be provided and similar standards delivered across the country. A...

By 
Kenny MacAskill MSP
21 July 2015
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The north and south divide

Kenny MacAskill explains the Scottish Government’s distinctive approach to justice policy Scotland had a separate legal system long before the restoration of the Scottish parliament or even the election of a Scottish National Party (SNP) administration. Scots Law, along with Church and...
cjm 100: Criminal justice since 2010
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cjm 100: Criminal justice since 2010

This edition is slightly different. It is based around the conference we held in March 2015 – Criminal justice since 2010: What happened? What next? We were extremely fortunate to have a number of key players in UK criminal justice policy speaking at the conference. They included David Ford...
Criminal Justice Matters
3 June 2015
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How to stop prison privatisation

“There’s some will rob you with a six gun and some with a fountain pen”. So sang the great American folk artiste Woody Guthrie in the Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.

The criminality of those in...

By 
Kenny MacAskill MSP
18 March 2015