New prison scheme launched to tackle reoffending

PRISONERS are to receive additional help while in jail, and after they leave, in the latest bid to cut reoffending.

Low Moss Prison in Bishopbriggs opened in March 2012. Picture: Donald MacLeod
Low Moss Prison in Bishopbriggs opened in March 2012. Picture: Donald MacLeod

The Public Social Partnership initiative has been launched at Low Moss, Scotland’s newest jail, providing a range of services, such as mental health and substance abuse, aimed at dealing with the underlying causes of offending.

It is hoped that by dealing with these inside prison, and offering continuing support outside, it will stop people returning to a life of crime.

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Colin McConnell, chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, said: “The service is dedicated to transforming the lives of those people in our care in order to reduce reoffending across Scotland.

“However, we are also aware that we cannot conquer this considerable challenge alone.

“We need the support of our partners and the joint commitment that we will create as many opportunities as we can for those in our custody to embrace change, so they can return to their communities ready to use their newly discovered potential and contribute positively to society.”