Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill – Consultation Response

Outline

Community Justice Scotland welcomes the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill which makes provision for electronic monitoring, periods of disclosure and the functions of the Parole Board for Scotland with the overall aim of transforming justice in Scotland and improving rehabilitation.  We recognise the ambition by the Scottish Government to balance the new advances in EM with the rights of people with convictions or accused of a crime with those of victims and witnesses and the wider community.  The use of new technologies can support the Scottish Government’s intention to maximise community based interventions.  Likewise, CJS welcomes the proposed amendments to the Reform of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. CJS believes this is an appropriate revision to disclosure. We believe however, that the Bill should be even more ambitious.

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