Scotland’s Justice Warrior
After cleaning up Glasgow's reputation as 'murder capital of Europe' Karyn McCluskey, the driving force behind the celebrated Violence Reduction Unit, has a new challenge.
After cleaning up Glasgow's reputation as 'murder capital of Europe' and seeing her blueprint copied in London and elsewhere, Karyn McCluskey, the driving force behind the city's Violence Reduction Unit, has earned a reputation as a criminal justice trailblazer.
Now, as head of Community Justice Scotland, Karyn has taken on an even more complex task. She is set on nothing less than shifting the nation’s perception of justice.
A cornerstone of her argument is making the case that the people who get locked up are as much victims of society as they are wicked perpetrators of crime. Born into disadvantage, they arrive, in a sense, imprisoned already.
Against the backdrop of a populist political landscape, a skeptical media and a public who want to see criminals serve the longest possible sentence, can Karyn change hearts and minds?
Producer: Caitlin Smith