Scottish Prisons in the News

Scottish Prisons in the News

64% of women in Cornton Vale are currently on suicide watch, according to The Herald today. Prison continues to an unsuitable setting for the vast majority of women offenders, whose crimes tend to be petty in nature, rather than violent. Further, we know that women experience prison differently to men, many women prisoners have themselves been victims of repeated forms of sexual and physical violence and suffer from high rates of mental illness. Prison regimes, however, are designed based around the needs and patterns of behaviour shown by male prisoners. The Howard League Scotland continues to call for change to how we treat convicted women, we need to move from a punishment model to a restorative one, which can tackle the complex needs exhibit by women prisoners and, crucially, reduce re-offending.

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'Two in three women in Scots prison are on suicide watch':
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