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Criminal Justice

Fergus McNeill on desistance, and desistance supporting communities [18 minutes]
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Fergus says that focussing on 'human capital' is too crude. He says he respects criminal programmes and the evidence behind them, but that the findings got conflated with public service managerialism. 
Fergus McNeill on how Restorative Justice can improve on traditional criminal justice approaches
Fergus says restorative approaches stand a better chance of resolving the underlying problems related to criminal justice
Fergus McNeill on 'motivation, capacity and opportunity', and social attitudes
Fergus says we need to help people to navigate a social space allowing people to live their lives beyond their punishment.
Fergus McNeill on social work ethics and values and moral ambiguity
Fergus says a recognition of ambivalences and moral complexities would move us towards a better analysis of what we want such services for
Fergus McNeill on the political use and misuse of crime and punishment
Fergus says politicians can 'binge' on crime. He says there is a current relief in Scotland of relentless popularism. 'There is no safer society than a fairer society'.
Julian Buchanan on the war on drugs
 Julian describes his view that the war on drugs is not rational 
Julian Buchanan on the problem of criminalisation and the pragmatism of decriminalisation
Julian talks about his perspective as having emerged from experience and from developing a pragmatic approach to problematic drug use
Julian Buchanan on Criminal Justice Interventions
Julian talks about work in Bootle and Waterloo and the importance working alongside prisons
Paul Hayes on the relationship between drug treatment and crime
Paul suggests says that the link between drug treatment and reduced crime is good news, and that this offers a way to reach out to 'hard pressed' communities.
Paul Hayes on the treatment journey from prison through into work
Paul Hayes talks about the challenges facing the drugs field in working with and for drug users and communities at a variety of points of contact. Paul describes the more complex factors that can belie key policy decisions.
Toby Seddon on the emergence of the risk society

Toby looks at the wider context for the emergence of Harm Reduction

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