Women Offenders

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:43 pm on 13th April 2005.

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Photo of Jeremy Purvis Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrat 3:43 pm, 13th April 2005

The member will have heard in my speech that the sole means of income of 66 per cent of women in prison is income support. Is he aware of the potential impact on those women and their families of taking fines from benefits? Bill Aitken has not addressed why the district courts are not using community service disposals at an increased rate when it comes to fine default.