Community Justice Scotland

Community Justice Scotland is a national body which is responsible for reducing reoffending. It launched in April 2017.


It was established by the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, replacing eight community justice authorities that were set up under the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Act 2005.[1]

The organisation will oversee the new local arrangements, which aims to provide a more effectively rehabilitation in the community, following convictions.[2] As well as having a role in assisting people released from custody, it will also be concerned with the management of people convicted of crimes who are not sent to prison.[3]

Karyn McCluskey, who had been Director of the Violence Reduction Unit, was named chief executive in September 2016. Jean Couper will be the chair.[4]


  1. Robertson, Alan (12 February 2016). "MSPs pass Community Justice Bill amid ongoing concerns over funding". Holyrood. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. O'Leary, David (9 May 2015). "Plans for new body to oversee justice in community". The Scotsman. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. Nutt, Kathleen (18 May 2015). "£2.2m new body to lead shake-up of community justice". The National. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. "Leaders named for new body to combat reoffending". The Journal. Law Society of Scotland. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.

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