We’re building a movement of mutual support and action to disrupt the punishment system in Scotland.


The Coalition Against Punishment (CAP) aims to disrupt the punishment system in Scotland. It brings together individuals and groups, and connects activism with theoretical analysis and research. Our actions arise out of critically informed discussion and debate.

Research and experience show that the current criminal justice approach is not working

Our coalition challenges the notion that prisons make people safe, instead, we argue that strong and secure communities make us safe. Rather than work towards reforming and sustaining the criminal legal system, we direct our energies to wider community and global issues that allow us to highlight and challenge entrenched inequalities.