Losing access to vital European security arrangements post-Brexit will only benefit criminals, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has said.
The Scottish Conservatives have called for electronic tag tampering to become a specific offence.
Child witnesses of domestic abuse should be included in a planned law to boost the use of pre-recorded evidence from vulnerable people in criminal trials, MSPs have said.
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a review of the decision to grant an absolute discharge to a student found guilty of sexual assault.
Plans to increase electronic tagging for offenders need to be backed up with the necessary cash, while breaches of such orders must be dealt with “swiftly and effectively”, MSPs have said.
The Scottish Government has insisted it has no plans to introduce tougher on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour – but has pledged to keep the matter “under review”.
A LEADING psychiatrist has been appointed to oversee an independent review of the mental health support services available to young people behind bars.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has told MSPs he does not know when a new risk assessment tool to help determine if prisoners should be released on electronic tags will be ready.
The majority of Scotland’s prisons were at or beyond their maximum capacity last month, figures show.
SIGNIFICANT progress must be made in Scotland in an effort to tackle plastic pollution, an MSP has said.
Doubling on the spot fines for anti-social behaviour would help police deliver “swift justice” to low-level offenders, the Conservatives have said.