sentencing

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Sacro regards the proposed extension of the presumption against short-term prison sentences from three to 12 months as a welcome development with the potential to reduce Scotland’s prison population safely and with a greater focus on effective rehabilitation through the use of community sentences.

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Alan Mairs

Following today’s announcement in the Scottish Parliament by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP on the extension of the presumption against short sentences, Sacro’s Chief Executive, Tom Halpin released the following statement:

“Short prison sentences are known to be ineffective in reducing reoffending. Similarly, alternatives like effective bail supervision can reduce the need to remand people to prison unnecessarily.

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Alan Mairs
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Pictured left to right are: The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC; Minister for Justice, Michael Matheson; and Lord Carloway, the Lord Justice Clerk.

Scotland’s new Sentencing Council was yesterday hailed as a milestone in the justice system at an event to mark its official launch.

The Council is a new independent body responsible for preparing guidelines to help ensure a consistent approach to sentencing throughout Scotland and will also work to raise public awareness and understanding of sentencing practice.

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Lord Carloway delivering the Sacro Lecture 2013

Lord Carloway, Lord Justice Clerk, delivered the annual Sacro Lecture on Tuesday 5 November at Edinburgh's Playfair Library.

In his lecture, Lord Carloway provided an often personal insight into how sentencing has progressed over the years and the manner in which it might progress further.   

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