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Throughcare Service Provision Announcement

Following the news of July 2019 that the Scottish Prison Service planned to temporarily suspend its Throughcare service due to staffing pressures linked to the rising prison population, it was announced on 25 September 2019, that the 'New Routes' and 'Shine' partnerships led by the Wise Group and Sacro respectively, would make support available for more prisoners released from short term sentences of up to four years. 

The Throughcare service previously provided by SPS had been widely praised. We support the reintroduction of this vital service, but lament the need for the redeployment of the 42 Throughcare Support Officers to front-line duties as a result of the increasingly high prison population and rates of absence amongst SPS prison staff.

Reintroduction of Throughcare Support Service

Can Prison Work?

The Glasgow Skeptics invited Vice-Convener of HLS, Prof Richard Sparks, to give a talk, Can Prison Work? Professor Sparks, a Professor of Criminology at the University of Edinburgh, gives his talk a Scottish focus - asking what is prison for? Can hope for more? Does it matter what the stated aims of imprisonment are? Does it matter who runs the prisons? Are all prisons basically alike?

Watch the talk here: Can Prison Work?

Scottish Sentences

Some interesting top line stats in most recent Safer Communities and Justice Brief: Avg sentence in 2012/13 was just over 9mnths, which is almost 2mnths longer than in 2006/07. Use of social work orders has increased slightly, but that is following 2 years of decreased use

See more here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0044/00443449.pdf

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