Funding of £3 million is to be invested in services and facilities for female offenders by the Scottish Government, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has announced.
The money will be used to expand services in Edinburgh and establish new community justice centres in Glasgow and Aberdeen
Mr MacAskill’s announcement comes before he is due to update Parliament on the progress of recommendations made by the Commission on Women Offenders, which was headed by former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini.
In partnership with agencies like the Scottish Prison Service, the commission reviewed how the Scottish Government could improve opportunities for women offenders.
The Justice Secretary said: “There is still a considerable amount still to do to help women avoid the vicious circle of reoffending and imprisonment and lead meaningful and productive lives.”
To help meet the recommendations of the commission, the Scottish Government is also supporting mentoring schemes for female offenders as well as working with the Scottish Prison Service to develop HMP Inverclyde as a “custom made” national prison for women, a new regional unit for women in Edinburgh and a unit for women at the new HMP Grampian.