About the CJA

Community Justice Authorities

Community Justice Authorities (CJAs) are statutory bodies created by the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Act 2005 and have been fully operational from April 2007.

Reducing Reoffending

The aim of CJAs is to target services to reduce reoffending and to ensure close co-operation between community and prison services to aid the rehabilitation of offenders.

CJAs receive a Grant from the Scottish Government, under Section 27 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 to allocate to the Local Authority Criminal Justice Services within their CJA area and provide a co-ordinated approach to the planning, monitoring and delivery of offender services.

One of the major strengths of CJAs is that they are locally accountable through Elected Members to the communities they serve.  This democratic accountability ensures that the priorities and responses of CJAs are locally-determined and that their outcomes and activities are subject to local scrutiny.

 

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