Kenny MacAskill: Tackling social problems is best addressed in communities, not prisons
Increasing the period for a presumption against prison sentences has been under discussion for some time. There’s a growing acceptance of the need to extend the current period of three months, and there is backing for it in law enforcement and the correctional field. Senior figures, from Scotland’s most senior judge, through HM Inspector of Prisons and those that work in the justice system, have endorsed the proposal. Politically, it’s likely that the Scottish Government will have the parliamentary support required, so it is almost certain to become law.