Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

3rd March 2016 - SASO Glasgow Branch Seminar - Radicalisation

SASO Glasgow Branch Seminar - Thursday 3rd March 2016 - 6 pm for 6.30 pm


In the Chair:    John Cuddihy, Ex-Detective Chief Superintendent & former Head of Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism, Police Scotlan

Guest Presenter:  Dr Nasar Meer, Reader in Comparative Social Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Format:  Following the Chair's opening remarks, guest presenter Dr Nasar Meer will speak on issues including the relationship between "radicalisation", extremism and terrorism; new legislatin in the area (eg Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Act 2015); and the Scottish Government's Prevent strategy as a case study.  This will be followed by open discussion with the audience, led by John Cuddihy.

Download the flyer below for full details.


Download this file (Radicalisation.pdf)Radicalisation.pdf[ ]216 kB

2nd February 2016 - SASO Edinburgh Branch Seminar - Stop & Search - Legality, Legitimacy and Police Accountability

SASO Edinburgh Branch public lecture -  Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 5.30 pm, Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Stop & Search - Legality, Legitimacy and Police Accountability

Guest Speakers:  Derek Penman, QPM, HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland & John Scott QC

The lecture will cover the assurance review of Stop and Search carried out by HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (published March 2015) and also the work of the Independent Advisory Group on Stop and Search led by John Scott QC whose report was published in August 2015 and recommended the removal of consensual Stop and Search and the introduction of a new statutory code of practice.

For further details see attached flyer.

This is an open public lecture - all welcome.


4th February 2016 - SASO Glasgow Branch Seminar - Women & Punishment: a fresh start?

SASO Glasgow Branch Seminar
Thursday 4th February 2016 at 6.30pm
St George's Tron, 163 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2JX

Women & Punishment:  a fresh start?

In the Chair:  
 - Sheriff Daniel Scullion

Guest Speakers:  
 - Andy Bruce, Deputy Director for Community Justice, Scottish Government 
 - Rhona Hotchkiss, Governor, HMP Cornton Vale & Scottish Prison Service Operational Lead for the development of the women's custodial estate

See attached flyer for full details.

SASO Aberdeen Branch Seminar - 28 January - Legal Highs

SASO Aberdeen Branch Seminar
Thursday 28th January 2016 at 5.45 pm
Room H230, Faculty of Health & Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Legals Highs - an overview of the current trends in the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances in the community and the associated impact on health and society

Guest Speakers:  Dr Bruce Davidson, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist;  Kenny Malcolm, Drugs Action;  Dr Stephen, Clinical Biochemist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary



The End of Short Prison Sentences?

SASO Glasgow Branch Seminar
Thursday 3rd December 2015
6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

In the Chair: The Hon Lady Rae, QC, High Court of Justiciary


  *   Professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, Glasgow University
  *   Bruce Milne / Sean McKendrick, Social Work Scotland
  *   Professor Cyrus Tata, Professor of Law & Criminal Justice, Strathclyde University
  *   Speaker on Victims’ Perspectives

The Panel will lead a discussion with the audience about the Scottish Government’s current consultation<> about extending the presumption against short prison sentences from three to 12 months.  The consultation closes on 16th December.

Issues are expected to include: sentencing practice, public safety, public confidence, reducing reoffending, community penalties

Members and non-members welcome.  1.5 hours of CPD time may be claimed by Advocates, Solicitors, Police, CJSW

Suggested contribution toward cost of event £5 (£1 student/unwaged).
Refreshments available from 6.15 pm    Seminar commences at 6.30 pm

SASO on Twitter

sasoscotland @sasoscotland "Responding to Sexual Abuse" - annual conference 2 & 3 November - Draft programme now available at……

4 weeks ago via Twitter Web Client • 1 retweet

sasoscotland Addictions & Criminal Justice @sasoscotland Wednesday 10 May - superb line-up of keynotes including……

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 via Twitter Web Client • 1 retweet

sasoscotland @CharlotteColman keynote speaker @sasoscotland "Addictions & Criminal Justice Conference" next week - 10 May -……

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 via Twitter Web Client