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I came across an article in Holyrood magazine that I thought might be of interest to our readers. It gives the background to where Positive Prisons? Positive Futures began…
The Supreme Court have dismissed the appeal that would have paved the way for prisoners to take part in the referendum on September 18th. The reasons for their decision will follow at a later date.
Morning Call on Radio Scotland will be discussing the matter tomorrow morning and we will be putting across our views then…
The May edition of the monthly (4 page) briefing produced by Justice Analytical Services in the Scottish Government, covering the period up to 23rd May, has just been published.
This edition contains a feature about the levels of the prison population within Scotland. The good news seems to be a decrease in the number of young people being incarcerated…
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons in Scotland, Mr David Strang, issued the organisations annual report last week. We were particularly taken with the conclusion from his introduction to the report: –
The vast majority of those currently detained in prison will return to the community in which they lived before they were imprisoned. For some, this will be in a short time; for others it may be in several years’ time. Many will be described in terms of the challenges and problems they have faced – broken
relationships, substance misuse and addictions, mental health problems, unemployment, lack of educational achievement, offending background and
harm they have caused to others.
But all are human beings with potential; people capable of change and growth. The challenge for society and for the prison service is to identify that potential and to prepare them for responsible citizenship after their sentence is served.”
The report also presents a summary of the inspections that were carried out at HMP Low Moss; HMP Barlinnie; HMP Edinburgh; HMP Inverness and HMYOI Polmont. It also includes a review of thepast year as well as the business plan for the forthcoming year.
The report is available from the Scottish Government website.
For a while we have been teasing twitter followers with messages about “Project X”. We posted various photographic snippets to increase the mystery and excitement…
Project X is in fact our very own exhibition stand. It has been designed to replicate part of a prison cell. The frame was produced by HMP Shotts and the “art” was delivered by Willie Sinclair and his team of artists who can be found at the Maryhill Community Hub.
For surreal conversations we can highly recommend walking into HMP Shotts to tell them you are there to pick up a cell!
The first outing was at last weeks Youth Justice conference in Dundee organised by our friends at the Centre for Youth and Community Justice. We turned our stand into a piece of interactive installation art by allowing participants to write their own stuff on the wall space. This went down very well with those who entered into the spirit of the venture and we will be showcasing the comments in one of our next newsletters.
Positive Prison? Positive Futures are taking part in the conference for Lanarkshire Criminal Justice workers. It takes place on 11th June in the Motherwell Civic centre.
Our input involves us recounting our journeys through and out of the criminal justice system. As per usual our presentation will involve a little creative twist that should make the event more memorable (or so we hope!). As a special addition, we will also have some family members along to share their stories as well…
Jim King, heid o the creating opportunities unit at the Scottish Prison service, took part in a recent broadcast looking at the use of the Scots language within the prison estate. The broadcast, titled episode 6, can be listened to at the Scots Language Centre site…
Holyrood magazine has produced an article that looks at the problem of incarceration from the perspective of the children of the offender, the Innocent Victims, and it includes a contribution from our trustee Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive of Families Outside.
Another article of interest in Holyrood magazine is the proposal to identify children of prisoners as vulnerable.
Both articles were written by Alan Robertson.
The April edition of the monthly (4 page) briefing produced by Justice Analytical Services in the Scottish Government, covering the period up to 18th April, has just been published.
The purpose of this briefing is to provide, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics in Scotland. As this brief is going to be issued on a monthly basis, readers should feel confident that the data in it are up to date.