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Support announced for women offender projects
Projects designed to support women offenders across Scotland are to benefit from new founding announced by the Scottish Government.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the £3m provision funding ahead of a report to the Parliament tomorrow (5 November) on progress made towards the recommendations of the Commission on Women Offenders under Dame Elish Angiolini.
Community justice centres in the four major cities, including a new Women’s Justice Centre in Glasgow are being expanded to enable offenders to engage with a range of support services, and seven further projects across Scotland have been given funding to develop and improve their work.
The seven new projects are enhancements to women offender services in North and South Lanarkshire, Falkirk & Forth Valley, Fife, Angus, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire/South West Scotland.
Mr MacAskill said: “I am extremely pleased with the progress we have made, together with our partners, in meeting the recommendations of the Commission on Women Offenders.
“The funding I am announcing today will help transform services for women so that we can help them break the cycle of reoffending and start making a positive contribution to society."
The Angiolini commission recognised that women offenders have very different needs to those of their male counterparts and require very specific support.