Book Chapter

Prisoner Resettlement in Scotland



McIvor G, Graham H & McNeill F (2019) Prisoner Resettlement in Scotland. In: Pruin I, Dünkel F, Storgaard A & Weber J (eds.) Prisoner Resettlement in Europe. Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice. London: Routledge, pp. 278-295.

Prisoners and prisons have become an increasing focal point in Scottish politics and policymaking in the 21st century. From 2000-2010, the Scottish prison population rose steadily and, despite recent reform efforts and some decreases in numbers, Scotland continues to have one of the highest prison population rates in Western Europe, at 143 per 100,000 of national population in October 2015 (Walmsley, 2016). The numbers of people leaving prison each year are considerable, as short custodial sentences are common. This chapter offers a bounded overview of the current legal and institutional infrastructure and throughcare provisions that shape the resettlement process. The chapter concludes with brief reflections on some of the challenges and unresolved issues, as well as strengths and opportunities that exist in relation to improving prisoner resettlement in Scotland.

Criminology; Prisoners; Prison; Resettlement; Reintegration; Scotland; Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Social Work; Electronic Monitoring; Throughcare.

Title of seriesRoutledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online25/10/2018
Publisher URL…ok/9781138721234
Place of publicationLondon

People (2)


Dr Hannah Graham

Dr Hannah Graham

Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Professor Gillian McIvor

Professor Gillian McIvor

Emeritus Professor, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology