Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Any prisoners released as part of emergency coronavirus measures must get full support to reintegrate into society, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green justice spokesperson John Finnie welcomed the announcement that some prisoners are set to be released early as part of emergency coronavirus measures.

Commenting, John Finnie said: “The Scottish Government has had a difficult task to consider the rights and needs of victims, prisoners, staff and families, but this decision to go ahead with limited early release is the right one, with some important exceptions for public safety. Apart from anything else, we simply don’t have enough cells for inmates to self-isolate.

“However, it is vital those released are given a safe landing going home, and for their families. Many prisoners are released with no home to go to, and as well as housing and financial assistance, individuals often need support with addictions and both physical and mental health issues. This is even more important in the current crisis.

“Families who are already under pressure will also need support if someone suddenly returning home can add to difficulties.”

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