Community Justice

Sacro provides a wide range of Criminal Justice Services, all of which are aimed at safeguarding communities and reducing offending within the community. These services work mainly with people charged with offences and their families to support and assist them in addressing the issues which cause, or may cause them to offend.

Scotland’s communities are at the centre of Sacro’s activities and our Community Justice services make up the vast majority of our activities.

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For Justice enquiries contact:

29 Albany Street

Community Payback Service

Our Community Payback Service works with people who have been involved in offending or anti-social behaviour. In partnership with the local authority, our officers supervise individuals placed on a Community Payback Order, giving them an opportunity to give something back to the community by providing a service of real benefit.

Bail Supervision Service

Sacro’s Bail Supervision Service works to prevent unnecessary custodial remands and re-offending on bail by providing supervision, monitoring and support (including tagging in some areas). These services provide courts with an effective alternative to remand, allowing the accused to remain in the community while undertaking offending behaviour work, and having access to other services at an early stage.


Our Throughcare staff support people on release from prison. This is often done by meeting them at the prison gate and arranging support with appointments, accommodation, health, employment and other issues that may need attention to help with the transition back to successful independent living.

Peer Support

Peer Support offers people subject to Community Sentences or Post-release licences the opportunity to be mentored by a support worker who has lived experience. The service is delivered by means of a mentoring approach, which is a way of helping and supporting individuals with many of the issues they might be facing both practically and emotionally.


STOP is a Scottish Government-funded service which tackles Sectarian and all other Hate Crime offending. The service is available to anyone aged 12 and over who has been charged with a first time and/or a low to moderate level Sectarian or Hate Crime offence. The service uses a programme which has been designed to educate and rehabilitate individuals to ensure positive, achievable and sustainable changes in attitudes and behaviours. The programme can be delivered on a one-to-one basis or to groups.

Garden Project

Sacro’s Garden Project offers adults a gardening pathway to social inclusion and employment. In partnership with Glasgow City Council, Land Environment Services and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Sacro are delivering the Garden Project in Bellahouston Demonstration Gardens and Tollcross Park. The project is delivered in three steps which are designed to ease individuals into a routine and gradually build confidence and skills. These steps introduce structure and motivation. Participants are supported and mentored by Sacro staff throughout. The project also ties in with our Forces of Nature service, making the service available to armed forces veterans.

1-to-1 Counselling

A professional, one-to-one Counselling Service is also available in some areas. Counselling helps people identify their problems and encourages a clearer  understanding of emotions, enabling them to take positive steps to move forward with their life.

Travel Service

Sacro can help Edinburgh and Lothian residents with travel to Scottish prisons and the State Hospital. One of our team of volunteer drivers can pick you up at your home, drive you to your visit and drive you back... at no cost. Maintaining contact with loved ones can lessen the impact of imprisonment on families and reduce the likelihood of re-offending on release.

You may be able to use this service if:

  • you are on a low income
  • you have additional needs
  • you have a disability
  • you are travelling with young children
Arrest Referral

The Arrest Referral Service engages with people at the point of arrest whose issue is linked to drug or alcohol misuse. By seeing the person as soon as they are arrested, Sacro can offer them a pathway into harm reduction, treatment, and rehabilitation services. Engagement is voluntary and not a formal part of the criminal justice process. Sacro workers offer the service daily to individuals within the Sheriff Court cells in addition to contacting those suggested by police assessment, post-release.

Diversion from Prosecution

Diversion from prosecution is a process by which the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) refer a case to social work – and their partners – as a means of addressing the underlying causes of alleged offending when this is deemed the most appropriate course of action Sacro provides support to help people through the process by means of a mentoring approach, which is a way of helping and supporting you with many of the issues you might be facing both practically and emotionally.

Custody Navigators

Sacro Custody Navigators work to reduce the number of people entering and re-entering custody in Fife. They help those who have offended tore-integrate back successfully and safely into the community. It is hoped that the service will enhance capacity for change, reduce harm caused by substance use or violence, improve overall wellbeing and stop the revolving door of imprisonment.