Architect's drawing of the proposed prison
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Scottish government scraps plans for new women's prison

The Scottish government has scrapped plans to build a new women's prison in Inverclyde.

The £75m building would have been a replacement for Scotland's women-only jail Cornton Vale.

Proposed by former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, the plan had been heavily criticised by opposition parties and prison reform groups.

Current Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Scotland would take a more "radical and ambitious" approach to dealing with female offending.

  • 26 Jan 2015
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