Dr Hannah Graham, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Stirling, said: “This problem-solving justice approach works with people with complex needs who commit frequent low-level crimes.
“The data shows these participants have encountered multiple adversities - for example, financial difficulties, homelessness, bereavement, being care experienced - and many of them live with mental illness, trauma, abuse and addictions.
“These people are in and out of court, often being given short prison sentences, without the underlying issues associated with their crimes being addressed. This approach seeks to do that – work collaboratively with them to address the issues contributing to repetitive cycles of crime and punishment, so that they can move on with their lives.
“Our review found the Aberdeen problem-solving approach is working well, its emerging outcomes are promising and other parts of Scotland should consider following its lead.”
The report was launched in Edinburgh today.
Initiatives such as the Aberdeen Problem Solving Approach are a great example of the work being done across the country to help individuals caught in the cycle of reoffending to turn their lives around.
Reconviction rates are at a 19 year low and we continue to take an evidence-led, collaborative approach to create a just, safe and resilient Scotland. While the numbers involved are small, we hope that the Aberdeen PSA and the report published today contributes to learning for those considering adopting a problem solving approach.
Ash Denham, Minister for Community Safety