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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:05 pm on 13th April 2005.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None 5:05 pm, 13th April 2005

The fifth and final question is, that motion S2M-2689, in the name of Cathy Jamieson, on women offenders, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

That the Parliament notes the continued increase in the female prison population; recognises that, to reduce this, greater emphasis on rehabilitation within prisons and in community sentences is required to ensure that problems, including drug misuse, are addressed; believes that community sentences can play a significant role for those women who pose little risk to the public or communities in which they live; acknowledges that family and community support is vital in ensuring that women offenders are able to successfully reintegrate into the community, and recognises that a more integrated system of community and prison-based support services to improve the management of women offenders is required in order to reduce reoffending.