Liam Kerr has welcomed reports in the Evening Express that the number of people from the North East being sent to prison has reduced by 30% in 10 years.
“It’s positive to see the number of people in the North East going to prison falling and highlights Police Scotland’s clear message in the fight against crime is getting through.
“These figures also reflect the great work our prison staff do at HMP Grampian for example.
“This should act as evidence of their work to ensure prisoners spend their time inside meaningfully, helping them give something back to the public while reintegrating with society upon release and reducing the number of reoffending cases.
“But it’s still vital serious offences dictate prison sentences and in order for victims to rebuild their lives, they should feel the justice system has recognised the consequences of what has happened.
“We have seen cases in the north-east of the SNP’s soft-touch approach to the justice system where people are let off for crimes despite victims believing they should be granted a prison sentence.”