The cabinet secretary has referred on many occasions to the importance of public confidence, but it is not clear from her responses to date how public confidence will be assessed. Will she provide more detail on that and on engagement with victims groups, which will have a clear view on the approach’s effectiveness?
The cabinet secretary is right to say that prison overcrowding puts staff at risk and undermines efforts to rehabilitate prisoners. However, it is clear that the remand population is stubbornly high and that courts lack confidence in the consistency and effectiveness of alternatives to remand. What is the cabinet secretary going to do to build that confidence among our judges?
I advise members that there is no time in hand and that any interventions will have to be accommodated in the time allocated for speeches.
Liberal Democrat MSP for Orkney Islands
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election
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