Data in the criminal justice system
Our work on criminal justice data includes analyses of Police Scotland data and data published by the Scottish Prison Service. We have also written to the Office for Statistics Regulation in relation to our concerns about a lack of accurate data on sex. This work is shown below, along with our ongoing Scottish Parliament public petition on recording sex accurately in cases of rape and attempted rape.
Latest updates and analysis
In 2014, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) published its Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment policy, allowing prisoners to be accommodated and searched on the basis of self-declared gender identity....
29th June 2023
In late 2018 the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) commented in an online media article that it intended to review its Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment policy. Developed over a...
22nd June 2023
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 gender identity. The...
25th August 2021
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...
2nd June 2021
22 June 2020 Dear We would like to raise our formal concerns about the reliability of some of the statistics published in ‘Criminal Proceedings in Scotland’. This is...
2nd June 2021
Recorded crime statistics allows stakeholders, policy-makers and researchers to analyse and monitor offending trends, develop our understanding of offending behaviours, and to target resources and services. To ensure these...
3rd June 2019
Recording sex in the criminal justice system: letter to the National Advisory Council on Women & Girls
“As part of the current NACWG spotlight on justice, we would like to draw your attention to a recent case which we think raises questions about how sex and...
4th March 2019