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Reconviction Rates Fife & Forth Valley

The Scottish Government published its latest reconviction data for Fife and Forth Valley. 

The latest figures show a reduction in the 1 year reconviction rate across the Fife and Forth Valley CJA area of 2.4 percentage points to 29.5%.

All four local authority areas also experienced reductions: Clackmannanshire - fell by 3.5 percentage points to 32.4%, Falkirk - fell by 2.9 percentage points to 29.4%, Fife fell by 2.2 percentage points 28.0%, Stirling fell by 1 percentage points to 33.2%.

 

Support for Children (Impact of Parental Imprisonment) (Scotland) Bill

Children who have a parent in prison will be offered extra support at school under a new members' bill - the Support for Children (Impact of Parental Imprisonment) (Scotland) Bill, which looks to identify and support these "forgotten victims".

Under the proposed legislation a needs assessment would be carried out following sentencing of a parent and any further support the child needs would be provided via the education system.

It is estimated that there are 27,000 children in Scotland affected by the imprisonment of a parent.

Full article below:

Plans to Support Children of Prisoners

 

***NEW***Consultation Event on the Future of the Female Custodial Estate in Scotland

On Monday 23 January 2015, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced that plans for a female prison in Inverclyde would not go ahead because they did not fit with his vision of how to address female offending. He made it clear that he would like to see Scotland take a more radical and ambitious approach that would deliver a female prison estate which is more in keeping with the recommendations of the Commission on Women Offenders, chaired by Dame Eilish Angiolini QC, DBE.

Women offenders are far less likely to be a danger to the public compared with men. Families and children of female offenders are also more likely to suffer negative consequences and offend themselves if mothers are held in custody miles away from home. Links to the family and community need to be maintained, whilst targeted work is undertaken by women to address the specific issues which are fuelling their offending behaviour such as alcohol, drugs or mental health issues.

Views and ideas are being sought by the Scottish Government & the SPS on what some of the key aspects of the future female prison estate should look like or take into account.

Fife and Forth Valley CJA are therefore hosting a consultation event on the Future of the Female Custodial Estate in Scotland on Tuesday 17 March 2015, from 12 Noon to 4.00 pm, in Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY.

This event is one of eight consultation events being held across Scotland, in each of the Community Justice Authority areas.

All our partners are invited to attend.

Please inform the FFV CJA office if you would like to attend this event.

   

Plans for Women's Prison Scrapped

The Scottish Government announced today (26th January 2015) plans for a new women's jail in Inverclyde have been scrapped.

This has been welcomed by opposition parties and many of our partner agencies.

The Scottish government will now consult on a plan to provide smaller regional and community-based custodial facilities across the country.

Michael Matheson, Scottish Justice Secretary, said "(HMP Inverclyde) does not fit with my vision of how a modern and progressive country should be addressing female offending".

He further went on to say that "We need to be bolder and take a more radical and ambitious approach in Scotland".

FFV CJA look forward to working with the Scottish Government and our partner agencies in shaping the planning of these smaller units. 

 

Scottish Government 3rd Annual Report - Commission on Women Offenders

The Scottish Government has recently published its third response to the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Women Offenders. The response is split into 9 sections with detail provided on progress under each heading:

Service Redesign; Mentoring; Parenting & Family Support; Alternatives to Prosecution; Alternatives to Remand; Sentencing; Prisons; Community Re-integration and Making it Work (leadership, structures & delivery).

The full response has been published under our "publications" page - "Scottish Government Publications".

   

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