The SPS review on trans prisoners: a chance to get policy-making in Scottish prisons back on track

This blog uses material from recently received FoI responses, supplemented by other published and unpublished sources, to consider how the current Scottish Prison Service (SPS) review of its Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment Policy offers a chance to get policy…

Update: Petition on accurately recording the sex of people charged or convicted of rape or attempted rape

Today the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee considered our petition for a second time. We are pleased that the Committee has decided to keep the petition open and welcome the next steps agreed by members. These include seeking further…

Police Scotland policy on recording rape: how did it evolve and where does responsibility lie?

In recent weeks Police Scotland’s policy on recording the identity of those charged with the crime of rape has received considerable media attention. As revealed in a bluntly worded Freedom of Information (FOI) response we received in April last year,…

MBM response to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee decision on Petition 1876

We are pleased at the Committee’s decision to continue to work on the petition and gather further evidence. The petition raises substantive questions about the accuracy and reliability of criminal justice statistics, particularly in relation to serious sexual offending. It…

Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey

Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey In a recent press article, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey police Lisa Townsend stated that police forces should collect data on both sex and…

MBM submission to the Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland Working Group

This submission can also be downloaded here Introduction During the passage of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021, we wrote extensively on the proposed legislation and provided both written and oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament. Our work in this area, including our full submission to…

Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation on criminal justice statistics: update (18 August 2020)

Many thanks for taking the time to speak to us last week, and updating us on the criminal justice statistics review. Thanks too for talking us through OSR’s proposed statement regarding the collection of data on sex and gender identity. We have had time to reflect on our discussion and write now with some further comments on both topics...

Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation on criminal justice statistics (22 June 2020)

22 June 2020 DearWe would like to raise our formal concerns about the reliability of some of the statistics published in 'Criminal Proceedings in Scotland'. [1] This is a National Statistics for Scotland publication, which we understand means that it should meet identified user needs, are produced, managed and…

The exclusion of sex and extension of stirring up hatred (Stage 1 debate briefing) (December 2020)

This briefing can also be accessed here Introduction This briefing was prepared for the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex from the hate crime protected characteristics, and aspects of the extension of the…