Women Offenders

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:48 pm on 13th April 2005.

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour 2:48 pm, 13th April 2005

I wonder whether the member would be interested to know that the overall figure for fine receptions in Cornton Vale in March was 26. I am led to believe that two women are in Cornton Vale today for fine default. We have had discussions in the chamber about the point that he raises. It is important to acknowledge that people in the circumstances that he describes could end up being imprisoned if they fail to pay their fines. We believe that other measures can be taken and we wish to address the issue. I hope that he will acknowledge that and give us his support.