Cath Ross: How Scottish justice discriminates against women
Cath Ross, who has 30 years' experience working in the criminal justice system, explains why women should be treated differently within it
THE Scottish Government had to backtrack earlier this year on the building of a women's prison in Inverclyde.
Minister for Justice Michael Matheson cancelled plans following a campaign from Women for Independence and other groups .
Women for Indy give a "cautious welcome" to new Scottish Government criminal justice plan for women
New plan will focus on community rehabilitation
THE Scottish Government's plan to create a 80-person prison and focus on 'custody in the community' has been given a "cautious welcome" by Women for Independence.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced the new plan on Monday [22 June] morning, which replaced the previous proposal by former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to create a women's 'super-prison' in Greenock, an idea that was scrapped in January after opposition from women's groups.
Women campaigners honoured at 'Margos' award ceremony
Edinburgh Women for Independence awards set up to celebrate achievements of grassroots campaigners
WOMEN campaigners in Edinburgh have been honoured in a new awards ceremony named after the late MSP Margo MacDonald.
Edinburgh Women for Independence (EWFI) hosted the inaugural 'Margos' ceremony, set up to recognise achievements by women in politics, on Saturday 18 April.
Organisers said that the event aimed to celebrate 'unsung heroes' in the movement and was a chance to reflect upon campaign achievements.
Bella Caledonia: Rethinking Inverclyde - why it matters
By Margaret Malloch
ON Monday 26 January, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced that the development of a 300-bed prison for women at Inverclyde would no longer proceed, noting that "we need to be bolder and take a more radical and ambitious approach in Scotland". This is a very welcome step, creating space for the development of a hopeful and more optimistic approach to women in conflict with the law in Scotland.