Policing 2026 consultation

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Prison Reform Trust
Prison Reform Trust
Date of publication
1 May 2018
Criminal Justice Services, Offenders, Mental health services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) welcomes this consultation and the steps already taken by Police Scotland to prevent people unnecessarily becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Scotland has one of the highest rates of female imprisonment in Northern Europe, which has increased by 46% in the ten years since 2003–04. Evidence shows that many women prisoners are also victims of abuse. Many report having experienced emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse as a child, almost half report a history of domestic violence, and their offending is often related to coercive and abusive relationships and financial pressures.

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