In his letter to the Convenor of the Justice Committee on 26th January 2015, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice wrote: “I can now advise the Committee that I have decided that the current plans for a prison for women in Inverclyde should not go ahead. I have decided that they do not fit with my vision of how a modern and progressive country should be addressing female offending, and that we need to be bolder and take a more radical and ambitious approach in Scotland”.
The Scottish Government and the Scottish Prison Service are now undertaking a period of engagement on the future of the female custodial estate in Scotland. As part of this, Community Justice Authorities (CJAs) will be hosting a series of consultation workshops in their local areas, on behalf of the Scottish Government and the Scottish Prison Service. The dates for these consultation workshops are as follows:
- Monday 2nd March 2015 – Glasgow CJA
- Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – North Strathclyde CJA
- Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Northern CJA
- Tuesday 10th March 2015 – Tayside CJA
- Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Lanarkshire CJA
- Thursday 12th March 2015 – Edinburgh and Lothian CJA
- Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Fife and Forth Valley CJA
- Wednesday 18th March – South West Scotland CJA
A briefing from the Scottish Government on the consultation workshops is available to download from the South West Scotland CJA website. The briefing also gives details of who to contact in each area if you wish to attend a workshop.