A message from Elaine MacRae, convener of the Joint Faiths Board on Community Justice (26.01.15):
On the publication of the Report on Women Offenders by the Angiolini Commission, the Joint Faiths Board on Community Justice called on the Government to be brave enough to implement the recommendations of the Report. This week the Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, has been brave and shown courage as the Scottish Government has turned its back on plans for a new prison at Inverclyde. This is a momentous decision which could lead to a new way of thinking about how we do prison, and a radical change to our attitude to prisoners. The Board will continue to support the vision of the Commission on Women Offenders and work towards making Scotland a better, safer place - especially for women.