Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of John Finnie John Finnie Green

The Scottish Greens will support both of the amendments in the group. They are a useful contribution to what has been a very detailed debate on the whole issue, particularly around the question of risk assessment. I wonder whether the cabinet secretary, in his summing up, can comment on the likely impact on the numbers. It was depressing to see the most recent figures for people being granted home detention, which showed a significant drop in their number—due, no doubt, to the risk aversion that was built into the system. I ask the cabinet secretary to comment on that. Nevertheless, he has our support for both of the amendments in the group.