Prison Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th September 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-36142

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35568 by Kenny MacAskill on 26 August 2010, who the other justice sector colleagues are with whom arrangements exist for sharing information on a prisoner’s release.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

I have asked John Ewing, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

The Scottish Prison Service shares information with community-based social work and police colleagues in relation to throughcare and risk management upon a prisoner’s release. The Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Act 2005 describes in particular joint arrangements for the management of high risk sex offenders. Section 10 and 11 of this act describes the arrangements for assessing and managing risks posed by certain offenders. These are known as Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements. (MAPPA). There is however, no statute stating who must be informed of a prisoner’s release.

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