Responding to the announcement that a scheme that aims to prevent crime by building better relationships between prisoners and police is set to be rolled out to jails across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“Scottish Liberal Democrats support measures that recognise the importance of making prisons rehabilitation-based, and this is a positive move in the right direction.
“The next step would be for the Scottish Government to extend the presumption against short term sentences to 12 months, which will benefit young offenders the most and have a positive impact on their future.
“Extensive evidence shows that community-based justice programmes and diversion-from-prosecution projects are far more successful in reducing reoffending and healing communities than short stints in prison.
"Liberal Democrats will use our votes in Holyrood to support these measures if the SNP bring them forward. The SNP Government can have a majority in Parliament if they take this sensible step.”