Much is made of Scotland having the highest prison population. The European media is 103.2 per 100 000. Scotland’s was 146.6 in 2020, having fallen from 150.4 in 2010.
As with violent crime, reputations change slowly, such that despite a 50% fall in violent crime in Scotland in the last 10-15 years, comedians still characterise it as stereotypically violent.
In 2020, there were 167 prisoners per 100 000 population in England and Wales, already significantly higher than in Scotland.
Today, we read in the Guardian, that after 12 years of Conservative rule and soaring crime rates, Dominic Raab has announced a further increase of 4 000 prison places to cope.
In November 2021, BBC Scotland reported: Scotland must reduce prisoner numbers, says watchdog but of course, offered none of the above context:
And in 2019, Scottish Legal News was still, inaccurately claiming: Scotland has highest prison population rate per head in Western Europe