Scrapping short prison sentences has had 'limited' impact


Introducing a presumption against prison sentences of less than three months has had only a “limited” impact, according to research.

The Scottish Government brought in the measure in 2011 in the hope of reducing the prison population and promoting community-based alternatives.

Anti-Social Behaviour and how we can combat it

IN PARLIAMENT, my colleagues and I spend a lot of time discussing high profile crimes. However, we rarely discuss anti-social behaviour, which can have a major impact on the quality of peoples’ lives; the cohesion of their communities and the amenity of the spaces in which they live.