Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has pledged to tackle “persistent violence” after it was revealed more than half of all violent crime in Scotland is suffered by repeat victims.
The number of deaths at Scottish jails are “nothing short of a massacre”, according to the parents of a student who took her own life while behind bars.
A group set up to support survivors of sexual abuse has launched a campaign to reform the need for corroboration in Scots law.
Victims of crime should be allowed to give a personal statement and make requests to be heard at prisoners’ parole hearings, Scottish lawyers have said.
Ministers have confirmed plans to “strengthen” Scotland’s justice system by creating a new offence of being unlawfully at large.
A number of improvements must be made in order to address “systemic problems” created following reform of Scotland’s police and fire services, according to a committee of MSPs.
A survey to get residents’ views on community justice has been launched.
Losing access to vital European security arrangements post-Brexit will only benefit criminals, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has said.
The Scottish Conservatives have called for electronic tag tampering to become a specific offence.
Child witnesses of domestic abuse should be included in a planned law to boost the use of pre-recorded evidence from vulnerable people in criminal trials, MSPs have said.
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a review of the decision to grant an absolute discharge to a student found guilty of sexual assault.
Plans to increase electronic tagging for offenders need to be backed up with the necessary cash, while breaches of such orders must be dealt with “swiftly and effectively”, MSPs have said.
The Scottish Government has insisted it has no plans to introduce tougher on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour – but has pledged to keep the matter “under review”.
A pet owner whose gecko was killed in a blender is supporting calls for longer prison sentences in animal cruelty cases.