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To love or to punish? That is the question

Hear life stories of people involved in crime from childhood to early middle-age and the challenging things they tell us about offender management and delivering justice.

During this event, we will share some of the life journeys of people involved in serious crime from a young age. These journeys challenge certain popular perceptions about crime and punishment – both their causes and impacts. The event draws on findings from the latest phase of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (funded by the Nuffield Foundation). Join us to explore whether it is tougher on crime to love or to punish.

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Group discussion

Grab a cuppa and engage with experts in a friendly, relaxed environment. There won’t be any slides, notes or formality here – just the chance to ask questions and listen to some of Scotland’s leading thinkers and practitioners on various subjects.

For group discussions on Zoom, the audience will be visible to others taking part in the event (unless you choose to turn off your camera). To encourage discussion and allow everyone an opportunity to ask questions, we have limited the number of spaces available.

To participate in a group discussion you MUST be aged 16+


Important points to note

  • This event is suitable for age 16+
  • The presentation will include information about experiences of offending, victimisation and poverty, although no explicit details about individuals will be provided.
  • Accessibility Statement: We aim to make events as accessible as possible. If you have any accessibility requirements or any questions about how we can support this event, please contact