“One might say that even more than before, communicative rationality lives its life in the secluded corners of the professional journals and meetings, while the public debate, flooded as it is with dire warnings by the police and sensational crime stories and, most significantly by opportunistic political initiatives in the context of burlesque television shows called ‘debates’, is predominantly characterized by the rationality of the market place.”
Thomas Mathiesen. Television, public space and prison population In Garland, D (Ed) (2001) Mass Imprisonment: Social Causes and Consequences Sage London.
CjScotland (http:www.cjscotland.org.uk) first appeared as a simple news blog in October 2003 – really just experimenting with the form and discovering how and what it could do. I felt that there was a need for an accessible online publication that kept up to date with rapidly changing policies coming from the newly devolved Parliament, and to inform a national debate about how we deal with crime in Scotland.
This new (April 2011) venture as a WordPress blog aims to make the project more sustainable and also to help with the prospect of collaboration with the Scottish Consortium of Crime and Criminal Justice (SCCCJ).
Update: October 2014
The original cjscotland.org.uk site has had to be abandoned for technical reasons. Some but not all of the original database was transferred over to this site. Our focus will now be simply on feeding the database in order to inform research and understanding into the recent history of criminal justice in Scotland.
Much of what we were trying to do back in 2003 in terms of making information and ideas accessible has now been taken over by better websites in the sector, a more professional approach to ‘comms’ and social media.
Mary Munro is a visiting fellow at Strathclyde Law School’s Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, a freelance researcher, has been a part-time criminology lecturer with several Scottish Universities, is a member of the SCCCJ, has been a SACRO board member, probation officer (in Northumbria) and (many years ago) was a solicitor. She is co-editor, with Hazel Croall and Gerry Mooney, Criminal Justice in Scotland published by Willan in 2010. She lives in Glasgow.