Women prisoners: Scotland’s very different approach

Today, we see:

Glasgow centre is aimed at transforming support for women in custody.
A new community custodial unit is set to open in Glasgow, which will change the way women in the justice system are supported in their reintegration back to communities. The Lilias Centre will house up to 24 women and continues Scottish Government’s vision of managing female offenders in a way that better supports their rehabilitation.   The centre marks an ambitious departure from long-standing practice by stepping away from the traditional image of prison, to focus on ‘custody in the community’. Women will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own re-integration through community contact and access to local services.
Background In 2015 the then Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson announced that Scotland would be taking an ambitious new approach to managing female offenders, which included a move towards custody in the community. This was based on an analysis of examples from countries across the world about the arrangements that are most effective in supporting and preparing women for their return to their community.  

This contrasts sharply with the situation in England:

Ministers have made little progress developing alternatives to custodial sentences for women, MPs have concluded, amid official predictions that the female prison population may rise by a third in the next three years.

The Conservative-led justice select committee said “there is yet to be any clear evidence” that women are being diverted away from jail despite promises to develop other methods of punishment and rehabilitation.


Why the ‘Lilias’ Centre? I’m guessing this:

Lilias Graham, from whom the charity takes its name, devoted her life to working with those struggling to cope with troubled and poverty-stricken circumstances. For 20 years, her flat in the Gorbals district of Glasgow was a meeting point for local people seeking advice, groups for women, children playing, volunteers and trainee social workers on placements from the London School of Economics.


2 thoughts on “Women prisoners: Scotland’s very different approach

  1. The Scottish government since the SNP have been the party preferred by the people to run their country, (albeit within strict restraints of far too many powers reserved to the cabal in London at WM) are polar opposite to the EngGov in how they shape policy on social change and the welfare of the people. I was brought up in NE Eng, we were told that Glasgow was a no go city, it was so violent, never go there. Any problems with crime etc were as a rseult of the UK/Brit/cabal in charge from London at the time, and those who did their dirty work in Scotland’s councils.

    I suspect the rise in people being sent to prison in England is planned, and they will privatise the prisons if they haven’t already done so. A ready slave labour and some will be sent to Rwanda for minor crimes. England is on a scary path as aone party state, and Scotalnd must escape it or else any good socal policies implemented by the SNP and the Scottish Greens, will be reversed at the first change the Brit state can get. What’s the bet Sarwar, and Dross have been promised ermine cloaks, a seat at HOL’s paid £300 a day and more. What do they care about poor people needing to steal a lump of cheese or some washing powder? (yes I saw on Youtube the taxi driver guy who showed cheap cheese and Daz having to be enclosed in plastic security boxes in England’s shops!)

    People are desperate, more prisons will be needed in England, the Tories love locking people up especially if they are poor.

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