Unlocking Democracy: Five reasons why Scotland should give prisoners the vote
As the Scottish Parliament’s equality and human rights committee recommends lifting the ban on prisoner voting, CommonSpace takes a closer look at the reasoning behind this
THE BLANKET ban on prisoner voting should be lifted in full by the Scottish Government, according to a new report by the Scottish Parliament’s equality and human rights committee.
Human rights campaigners join Greens in call for prisoner voting rights
Holyrood’s Equalities Committee urged to back an end to prisoner voting ban
THE Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament will meet on Thursday (7 September) to hear evidence on prisoner voting, with Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie and prisoner rights groups calling for a lift of the blanket ban.
Maggie Mellon: Why Scottish Women's Aid should change course on its prisons position
Feminist campaigner Maggie Mellon explains why she believes short term prison sentences are unhelpful - even in domestic abuse cases
SCOTLAND may be poised to take a big step away from having one of the highest rates of imprisonment in Europe.
More cash needed to cope with plans to scrap early release in Scottish prisons, prison service says
Human rights watchdog expresses concern about intensification of prison overcrowding
THE Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has stated that about 400 extra prisoners will be added to Scotland's already overcrowded jails from Scottish Government plans to scrap early release.
The SPS claimed that it will need extra funding to deal with the increasing numbers over the long-term.
Freed journalist Peter Greste "won't give up" until Al Jazeera colleagues are released
Hopes for release of a second Al-Jazeera journalist from Cairo prison after Greste's release and deportation, but doubts remain over future of third journalist who is an Egyptian citizen
PETER Grest, the Al-Jazeera journalist released from prison in Egypt on Sunday, has said he "won't give up" on his two colleagues who remain behind bars in Cairo.
Victory for campaigners as womens 'super-prison' is scrapped
Scottish government U-turn after series of objections
CAMPAIGNERS have claimed a victory after the Scottish government scrapped plans to create a new women's 'super-prison' in Inverclyde.
New justice secretary Michael Matheson announced today that the proposals for the purpose built facility would be binned.
Edinburgh Women for Independence (EWFI), who initiated the campaign against the prison said that the move to cancel the plans was "fantastic news".