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We are committed to reducing reoffending and finding alternatives to prison.

Whilst crime should be punished, we believe that people should also be given support where possible to turn their lives around.


We are working with partners to reduce reoffending by:

We are also:


We published our national strategy for community justice in 2016. It set out our plans to break the cycle of offending by strengthening community justice services, including community sentences and criminal justice social work. 

We set up a national body Community Justice Scotland in 2017 to strengthen how public services, third sector and other partners work together to prevent and reduce further offending

Bills and legislation

The Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 established the legislative framework for the model for community justice.

The Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced a number of important changes to improve the criminal justice system in Scotland.

The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June 2019.


Email: redesignofcommunityjustice@gov.scot