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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
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