Women Prisoners (Support and Services)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Conservative

Given the high incidence of women in prison who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, does the cabinet secretary a gree that cutting the availability of prison-based specialist services such as those provided by Open Secret, which is now Wellbeing Scotland, is a retrograde step that has resulted in such prisoners’ underlying problems, which have often led to their using alcohol and drugs to self-medicate, not being addressed?