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18 July 2008

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Scottish government says no to Circles - preview

Judy Kirby explores why the Scottish justice secretary has said no to a ground-breaking scheme to help rehabilitate sex offenders

The Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has dealt a blow to hopes of rolling out Circles of Support and Accountability in the country
  • After receiving an in-depth report on Circles from the university-based Centre for Crime and Justice Research MacAskill has rejected its implementation in Scotland


  • Quakers in England and Scotland were stunned at the news
  • While in England the Quaker-founded Circles project of supporting and monitoring released sex offenders was being established throughout the country, a steering group in Scotland had been working for acceptance there

  • Judy Kirby

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