Scottish government says women-only jail 'not as effective'
The justice secretary has said the decision not to progress with a new women-only prison in Inverclyde was taken because it did not fit with how a modern Scotland should help women offenders.
In a BBC interview, Michael Matheson said: "We know from experience that these smaller units can be much more effective in addressing female offending behaviour."
Plans for the new £75m women-only jail in Inverclyde had earlier been scrapped.
A report by Dame Elish Angiolini's in 2012 had recommended that women offenders are dealt with at a more local level.
26 Jan 2015