Criminal justice charities receive £3m to boost services for reducing reoffending

Criminal justice charities receive £3m to boost services for reducing reoffending

Professor Nancy Loucks

Charities working to reduce reoffending will share almost £3 million to fund specialist services including employment training, early intervention and support for families of prisoners.

Criminal justice social work service provider Sacro and Families Outside, which supports children and families affected by imprisonment, are among the charities who will receive funding for 2019-20.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “These charities work alongside community justice partners to support individuals to face their problems and change their lives for the better. They also make a valuable contribution in working with victims and communities affected by crime, helping people deal with the trauma and other consequences of offending behaviour.

“We are bringing forward plans to extend the presumption against short prison sentences this year and with more people serving community sentences these support services will be more important than ever.”

Professor Nancy Loucks, chief executive of Families Outside, said: “The origins and impact of offending, and solutions required, extend well beyond the criminal justice system. The Scottish government clearly recognises this, and Families Outside is grateful for that insight and support.

“In 2017, the Scottish government’s Justice Vision and Priorities recognised for the first time that families are among the people who suffer the consequences of their family member’s actions. We remain grateful for the government’s ongoing support to improve outcomes for these families, who have committed no crime but still pay the price.”

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