Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

39th Annual Conference 14th 16th November 2008 "Towards a Scottish Penal Policy Consensus"

Conference Chair: David Strang, QPM, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police

Keynote Addresses given by Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former First Minister and Chairman Scottish Prisons Commission; Dr Nancy Loucks, Independent Criminologist and Professor David Wilson, Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research, University of Central England.

Saturday’s interactive workshop led by Dan Gunn, Governor of Glenochil Prison, exploring the topic "How much can prison actually do?" and the first day's events closed with a panel led discussion entitled "Community Justice Authorities: a difference in the making?", chaired by Professor Sandy Cameron (Chair of the Parole Board for Scotland) with guest panellists Chris Hawkes, Chief Officer CJA, Helen Wright, Convener CJA and Dr Nick Bland, Scottish Government Criminal Justice Analyst proferring views on "Community Justice Authorities: A difference in the making?".

Sunday morning’s Panel Session a series of presentations on Community Options with contributions from Routes out of Prison (Laurie Russell, Chief Executive of the Wise Group); 281 Centre (Marnie Hodge, Development Manager, Turning Point); Community Links Centre (Keith Hastie, Senior Manager (Operations), SACRO Lothian & Borders and The Role of Criminal Justice Social Work (Sandy Riddell, Director of Community Services, Moray Council and Chair, ADSW Criminal Justice Standing Committee).

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