From STV News today:
The number of youngsters under the age of 18 jailed at Scotland’s main young offenders institution has fallen to a record low.
There are now 150 people imprisoned at Polmont, near Falkirk, and only 12 of them are under the age of 18, according to figures from the Scottish Prison Service.
A decade ago, there was (sic) 800 youngsters at Polmont.
Alternatives to custody such as electronic monitoring means a significant number of offenders under the age of 21 are now accommodated within society.
As part of its commitment to improving the lives of care experienced young people through The Promise, the Scottish Government wants to remove anyone under the age of 18 from the prison estate by 2024.
Governor Gerry Michie said Scotland has made “significant leaps” to reduce the prisoner population and help give young people in the system opportunities for a better future.https://news.stv.tv/east-central/number-of-young-people-inside-polmont-prison-drops-to-record-low