Prison Reform Trust response to the Scottish Government consultation on electoral reform

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Prison Reform Trust
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1 March 2018
Offenders, Families, Social Policy
Social welfare
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The Prison Reform Trust has chosen to submit evidence on prisoners voting to this consultation, as it did to the Committee’s separate inquiry. In particular, they would urge the government to be ambitious in seeking to bring Scotland into line with international norms of democratic accountability and representation. They also urge it not to following the example of the UK government by extending the franchise to only a handful of people on temporary release. While this move has been accepted by the Committee of Ministers, after more than a decade of delay by the UK government in complying with the Hirst judgement, it is far from consistent with the spirit of the original judgment and is only a modest step towards enabling people in prison to exercise their civic responsibilities.

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