Law students teamed up with Art & Design students in Dundee at a special event on 16th March to respond to the challenge of thinking of new ways that criminal justice could work to better the needs of communities in the city.
Like many modern cities, Dundee devotes a lot of resources to its criminal justice system, and has issues with repeat offending, pockets of infrastructure that contribute to crime rates and frustrations with the system.
The Designs on Justice event was organised by Dundee Touchpoint and brought together students and staff from the University of Dundee, experts from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, community representatives, policy makers and interested parties from across the criminal justice landscape.
The workshop explored how design thinking could lead to innovation in criminal justice and focused on issues which included; building a sense of community, access to opportunities, services and resources, and community health and resources.
Professor Mike Press, Chair of Design Police at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and coordinator for Dundee Touchpoint explained:
“Design thinking is already having a transformative effect across areas like healthcare and other public services. Criminal justice is an area that is ripe for a serious rethink of how we approach it, and as the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, it’s appropriate that Dundee takes the lead on this initiative.”
Elizabeth Comerford, Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in the School of Law at the University of Dundee, said: “This was a great way for students and staff in the Law school to take a different look at the entire landscape of criminal justice.”
Outcomes from the workshop will be exhibited at the Dundee International Design Festival in May 2016.