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Review courts could track offenders' progress

24 November 2008

The Scottish Government is considering a proposal to set up progress courts which would monitor how well offenders are sticking to community sentences.

The plan is aimed at improving the public's confidence in community sentencing and ensure compliance with community sentences. Estimated figures show that Scotland's prison population could reach almost 10,000 in 10 years if present trends continue.

The Scottish Prisons Commission has recommended that the prison population be reduced by almost 4,000, that community sentences are tougher and that review courts check the progress of those undertaking such sentences.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said it was considering such a move, but that ministers had to finalise their response to the Scottish Prison Commission's report.