Analysis: Scotland’s prisons are bursting at the seams - will @ScotGov be brave on community justice?
A new report has highlighted the overcrowding crisis in Scotland’s prisons – the evidence suggests a community justice approach would be more effective and affordable, but is the Scottish Government politically brave enough to embrace it?
THE 2018/19 report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons Scotland, Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, makes for grim reading.
STUC and Common Weal call for Ferguson Marine nationalisation to be part of long-term public infrastructure strategy
Finance Minister Derek Mackay said a government cash injection to Ferguson Marine without nationalisation, as proposed by current owner Jim McColl, would be “illegal” under EU state aid rules
Analysis: Blame Westminster for drug deaths record - and blame 20 years of Holyrood conforming to British norms
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says shocking new Scottish drug death statistics cannot be blamed just on one party, or one parliament – it’s a collective political failure more than 20 years in the making
THE new figures on drug-related deaths in Scotland are simultaneously shocking and predictable.
1,187 deaths last year, 27 per cent higher than the previous year. Drug deaths have doubled since 2008, and for the first first time more people died from drugs than alcohol this year. Drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in the EU.