Knife Crime (West Scotland)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 6th January 2016.

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Photo of Paul Wheelhouse Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

I am happy to confirm to Ms Goldie that those sentences will still be available. In the measures against short sentences, we are considering where it is appropriate to use an alternative to a short sentence—one that produces a more effective outcome in terms of reducing reoffending. However, violence and a serious risk to the public are clearly matters that would be taken into consideration.