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Custodial Estate for Women Oral Question, 22/04/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 22 April 2015 Bruce Crawford (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what progress it is making regarding its consultation on the future of the custodial estate for women.

The Cabinet Secretary for Jusice, Michael Matheson replied, that throughout March, a series of public consultation workshops were held in the eight community justice authority areas across Scotland. In addition, separate events were held with Scottish Prison Service staff and with women who are currently in custody. The views of the families of women in custody have also been taken into account.

My officials are now looking at best practice in other jurisdictions, and we will host an international symposium for academics and expert practitioners at the end of May. That work will ensure that we learn from innovation across the world as we develop our new approach to custody for women. However, although we are committed to providing high-quality custodial facilities for women, custody must be seen as a last resort as part of the sentencing options. Our wider aspiration is to reduce the use of custody as a disposal, with as many women as possible being supported in the community

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 22 April  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 22 April 2015