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revitaliseArguments against a single 'correctional' agency

Cut re:offending-not local services

Dear Colleagues

Members leaflet web version with all the arguments and action plan

The UNISON case against the single 'correctional' agency (previous briefing)

'Re:duce, Re:habilitate, Re:form - A Consultation on Reducing Reoffending in Scotland' - UNISON Scotland Response

ACTION: Contact MSPs and get replies back to m.byers@unison.co.uk or Michael Byers
UNISON Scotland
14 West Campbell Street
Galsgow G2 6RX

Following on from the Executive's recent consultation on reducing re-offending in Scotland, UNISON is extremely concerned that the Executive now seem determined to press ahead with plans to create a new single 'correctional' agency merging the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) with Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) services.

Over the last 12 months UNISON Scotland has played its full part in trying to influence the direction of this legislation at the political level. We have met with Ministers, submitted a lengthy response to the Executive consultation on re-offending and submitted written evidence to the Justice 1 Committee Inquiry into the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Yet, despite the weight of evidence that demonstrates the inability of such agencies to effectively tackle re-offending and the strength of opposition to the creation of such an agency in Scotland, the Executive still appears committed to establishing this model.

As a consequence we now need to step up our campaign. Enclosed is a campaign leaflet that outlines our main arguments against the single agency. Using these arguments we ask that Branches organise UNISON delegations to MSPs surgeries to outline their concerns and also that individual members write to their MSPs.

I would also be extremely grateful if Branches/members could forward copies of any correspondence that they receive from MSPs on this issue to Michael Byers at the P&I Team in West Campbell Street so we can identify support or otherwise for our position.

Yours Sincerely
Joe DiPaola
Scottish Organiser - Local Government

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