“No one wakes up and decides to be a criminal…things aren’t black and white”

Malky tells his story from chaos, addiction and his darkest moment to recovery, repair and redemption.

“I used to think I was the only one having these problems”

Expelled from school at 13, and in and out of the justice system, Jenny took her second chance and changed her life for the better.

“I’ve had a second chance, I may not have deserved it, but I’m glad I got it”

Morag made a mistake – but fought her own shame and other’s judgement to find peace and contentment.

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“I lost 20 years of my life to drugs. Now I’m an award-winning student.”

For years, no one saw Lucy as Lucy.

It was ‘Lucy the junkie’. She’s now an award-winning student embracing life as a scholar and a grandma!

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From offending to Oxford: my second chance

For Kirstie, growing up was pretty hard.

Unsupported and in a toxic relationship, frustration and violence took over her life. She did things she’s not proud of. Fast forward three years, and she’s standing in front of Oxford University Academics, discussing her experiences of the Scottish justice system. You can hear a pin drop…for once, everyone is listening to Kirstie.

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The times they are a-changin’

With the fishing industry in decline, the symbolism of a scrapping a local relic was unthinkable to the Burghead community.

The ‘Harvest Reaper’ was in desperate need of restoration, but with no money for labour, the community turned to a local unpaid work squad. The result was a monument to Burghead’s heritage and a signpost to a brighter future.

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A second chance after selling drugs

How drugs took over a young lad’s life.

He was arrested, alone and sentenced to a second chance, “I grabbed it. Completed my hours, tag off, working on my anger. Without this chance, I don’t know where I’d be. Who I’d be.”

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“I was a no good waste of space. An alcoholic.”

Set in the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian, this story explores why giving up booze is only half the battle.

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Addicted to love

“We just want to be happy”.

Set in Dundee, this story explores relationships, setbacks, hope and addiction.