Scottish Prisons Commission

The Commission will analyse the impact for courts, prisons and community justice services of early release provisions contained in the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007.

Prison interiorThe Commission will:

  • Consider how imprisonment is currently used in Scotland and how that use fits with the Government's wider strategic objectives.
  • Raise the public profile of this issue - providing better information to allow a deeper understanding of the options, outcomes and costs.
  • Compare the underpinning rationale with current law and practice, including the impact for courts, prisons and community justice services of early release provisions of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007; and make a report and recommendations by 30 June 2008.

Background to the Commission