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Where is the Scottish Sentencing Commission web site?

2011 April 8
by Mary Munro

The Scottish Sentencing Commission was a short life group with a limited brief that met between 2003 and 2006. The Commission published four reports that have, to varying degrees, informed subsequent policy. However, the Commission web site no longer seems to be available at www.scottishsentencingcommission.gov.uk nor does there seem to be an archive on the Scottish Government Sentencing Council page.

Thank you to Cyrus Tata and David Witts for the sentencing consistency and bail and remand reports. More papers formerly in the public domain and associated with the SSC will be posted shortly to provide as complete an archive as possible.

Sentencing Commission (2006) The Scope to Improve Consistency in Sentencing
Scottish Sentencing Commission (2006) Basis upon which Fines are Determined
Early-Release-Report-finalised-draft-20-12-05
Sentencing Commission (2005) Report on the Use of Bail and Remand (April 2005)

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Following posted on 29.10.07

“Delegates told of child sex assault ordeal in sentencing debate” Scotland on Sunday

Following posted on 17.07.06

“Commission to recommend sentencing guidelines” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 6.06.06

“Recommendations on fines” Holyrood.com
“Law move on fines” Daily Record
“Prison ‘not for fine defaulters'” Herald
“Alternatives to prison” Herald
“A high price: why it costs £600 to send £289 fine defaulter to jail” Herald
“‘Scrap fines for criminals who cannot afford to pay'” Scotsman
“Not the right signal on crime” Scotsman
“No imprisonment for fine defaults, says commission” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 16.09.05

“Crackdown on early jail release” Herald
“Is it now time for the ‘truth in sentencing’?” Herald
“Early release concerns” Herald
“Prisoners face loss of right to early release” Scotsman

Following posted on 16.09.05

“Early jail release in confusion, says judge” Times
“‘Judges unclear’ on early release” BBC

Following posted on 11.04.05

“Balancing rights of accused and public” Evening News

Following posted on 5.4.05

“Backing for bail tag plan” Daily Record
“Jamieson calls for ‘bail bandits’ to be tried in their absence” Herald
“An idea worth a fair hearing” Herald
“Suspects who fail to attend court face being sentenced in absence” Scotsman
“Call to tag rape or murder suspects” Times
“Bail system in need of overhaul “ Grampian TV
“Call for crackdown on bail conditions” Evening News
“Murder suspects to be tagged under new plan” Evening Times
Update 4.4.05
“Changes to bail system are mooted “ BBC

Following posted on 29.3.05

“Murder and rape suspects to go free in tagging plan” Herald
“Row over bail for murder suspects” Herald
“Alleged killers held on remand may be tagged and freed “ Scotsman
“Extending bail to all accused” Herald
“Fury at murder suspect tag plan” Daily Record
“Tagging plan for rape and murder suspects “ Evening News
“Tories blast plans to extend tagging scheme” Evening Times

Following posted on 28.1.05

“Mandatory jail call for knives” Evening Times

Following posted on 1.11.04

“Jamieson set to end prisoners’ early parole “ Scotland on Sunday
“SNP attack early prisoner release plans “ Grampian TV
“SNP slams plans to scrap the early release of prisoners “ Scottish TV

Following posted on 26.11.03

“Sentencing body begins work” BBC[/url]
“Work begins on review of sentencing in Scots courts” Evening News
“New York visit on cards for court group” Herald

Press release

“Sentencing Commission” Scot. Exec. (June 2006)
“Early release of prisoners under consideration” Scot, Exec. (June 2005)
“Use of Bail and Remand” Scot. Exec. (April 2005)
“Justice Minister welcomes report on Bail and Remand” Scot. Exec. (April 2005)
“Bail and remand paper published” Scot. Exec. (June 2004)
“Sentencing Commission membership announced” Scot. Exec. (November 2003)

See also

Scottish Executive (April 2005) Sex Offenders Release from Prison & Post Release Supervision “The purpose of this document is to invite the Sentencing Commission’s views on options for changing early release and post–release supervision arrangements for sex offenders.”

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