Prison Population

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Liam Kerr Liam Kerr Conservative

My party would have concerns about plans to reduce the prison population if the practicalities of doing that were not taken into account. How can the cabinet secretary seek more use of community sentences when the current statistics show that a third of such sentences are never completed and that a third of work placements fail to start within the required seven days?