A Discussion About Youth Violence in Scotland

By Claudia Newman-Martin, PCJ Academic Year Fellow, MPP 2015

Visting Fellow Shares Insights with HKS Criminal Justice PIC:  On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 John Paterson, a visiting Fulbright Police Research Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), spoke to the HKS Criminal Justice Professional Interest Council (PIC) about youth violence in Scotland. 

The Detective Chief Inspector's presentation gave some background on the major causes and characteristics of youth violence, how it has traditionally been dealt with by the state, and the impact of reforms he contributed to which aimed to bring multiple government agencies together. 

Mr. Paterson further explained how the cohesive approach adopted by Glasgow, in particular, has reduced youth violence, reduced recidivism, and contributed to greater social safety. 

His presentation was intellectually fascinating and emotionally moving, as he not only provided incredible insight into the realities of youth violence, but also provided solutions that get to the heart of any study of public policy: How to arrange and coordinate the functions of multiple agencies to produce the best results for individuals and communities

Map of Scotland

This event is co-sponsored by:

Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
HKS Criminal Justice Student Professional Interest Council (PIC)