Policy

The Howard League often responds to consultation with its views on proposed changes or reforms in the Criminal Justice system and has put forward written and oral evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Children of Those in Custody

Howard League Scotland supports the recommendations made by Scotland’s Commission for Children and Young People in the 2008 report "...

Community Payback

HLS welcomed the introduction of the Community Payback Order (CPO) in February 2011. We believe the CPO must be structured and...

Custody

Imprisonment is the harshest sanction the state can impose upon one of its citizens. HLS, therefore, concurs with the findings of Henry...

Developmental and learning disabilities in prison

Statement given in response to a media enquiry on developmental and learning disabilities in prison (March 2015):

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Disadvantage

Those who end up in custody tend to hail from our most disadvantaged communities. Research carried out by former prison governor...

Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Dealing effectively with Scotland’s drug and alcohol problems is of major importance to tackling crime and criminal behaviour.

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Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

Scotland is right to be proud of its Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) system and their availability needs to be extended to all...

Early Intervention

According to the Scottish Government’s Early Years Framework “the early years provide the first and best opportunity to set children...

Electronic Monitoring (“EM”)

A thorough review should be made of the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland before the next contracts are drawn up in 2017. The...

Judiciary

The judiciary should be encouraged to support all endeavours to make better use of community penalties by giving them relevant...

Justice Budget 2014/15

Howard League for Penal Reform Scotland took this opportunity to highlight the financial benefits of a more community orientated justice...

Mental Health and Learning Difficulties

It remains the case that people with mental health problems are over-represented in prison, where facilities remain inadequate for...

Post-Release Supervision

In respect of post-release supervision, we welcome the mentoring scheme being introduced for women and we recommend the following:...

Prisoner Voting

In 2013 Howard League Scotland campaigned to highlight the issue of prisoner voting rights in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum...

Rehabilitation and Resettlement

The reoffending rates for those leaving Scottish prisons is too high. If Scotland is to break the cycle of offending, those leaving...

Remand

Statement in response to a media enquiry on the use of remand (November 2015):

The number of people held on remand in...

Restorative Justice (“RJ”)

Analysis carried out by Canadian and Australian researchers revealed that both victims and offenders reported greater satisfaction with...

Suicides in prison

Statement given in response to a media enquiry about the number of attempted suicides in Scottish prisons (September 2016):

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Violence

There is a serious problem with violent behaviour in Scotland. Every effort should be made to eradicate it by tackling the excessive...

Women Offenders

Scotland’s female prison population has doubled in the space of a decade. Howard League Scotland supports the recommendations set out...

Work in Prison

Meaningful work should be provided in prison. There are a number of programmes available in Scottish prisons. For instance, the bicycle...

Young People who Offend

Custody is most damaging to young people and HLS believes that Scotland should legislate to stop sending young people under the age of...