Crime & Justice
Crime will affect each and every one of us at some point during our lives, and disproportionately affects the most vulnerable groups in our society. It is critical that we understand the conditions that influence crime in the UK.
Additionally, an effective justice system plays an integral role in the maintenance of a peaceful, fair and cohesive society. Research within this theme attempts to understand the causes and mechanisms at play within the UK justice system and society, and examines issues such as reoffending, rehabilitation and the far-reaching impact of crime.
Data First: Linking administrative data from across the justice system
One of ADR UK’s flagship programmes of work within this research theme, 'Data First' aims to create linked datasets that will enable crucial research into use of the justice system. ADR UK is working with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to fund methodological work linking administrative data outputs across a broad range of justice services. By linking together data from civil justice, family justice, the Crown Courts and magistrates’ courts, we aim to create a system-wide data inventory, enabling researchers to build a better understanding of users of the criminal, civil and family justice systems. This will provide new insights into the extent to which people facing civil and family problems also interact with the criminal justice system, and will aid MoJ in its understanding of which policies are effective. This project has huge potential to shape our understanding of justice system use and improve services going forward.
More in-depth information about the individual data linkage and research projects being undertaken within this theme can be explored below.
Crime & Justice Projects
Violence-related incidents and underlying vulnerability
This research will explore how factors like mental health conditions, drug use and alcohol relate to incidents of violence and related demands for public services in Scotland.
Illegal drug consignments
This research aims to explore the illegal drugs supply in Scottish communities (particularly by post), focusing on the impacts of law enforcement tactics used to counter the delivery of drugs.
Feasibility study to explore the use of the MoJ-DfE linked dataset to aid evaluations
ADR UK is funding a Home Office commissioned feasibility study into using the new Ministry of Justice-Department for Education (MoJ-DfE) linked dataset for evaluation of early interventions for violence/crime prevention.
Find out more
If you are a researcher interested in working with admistrative data within this theme, or a policymaker interested in how ADR UK work can improve your insights and support your decision making in this area, please get in touch.