What kind of society do you want to live in ? One which is structured around control and retribution or one which is built on the principles of rehabilitation and forgiveness ? For me this question sits at the heart of what we refer to as the law and criminal justice system. Read more
Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, brings together a panel of people to discuss some of the issues around the prison system in Scotland. She starts by asking ‘Scottish prisons; are they fit for purpose ? Are they doing the job we want them to do ? Are they doing the job the state wants them to do ? Are they doing the job the Daily Mail wants them to do ? Which job are they doing, on who’s terms, and for whom ?
The rights of people who become prisoners and the rights of society in making those kind of decisions forms part of an international context of human rights. Nelson Mandela said “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Read more