for 'remarkable alliance' following Criminal Justice meeting
Need to highlight local good practice
There is scope for a 'remarkable alliance' against the
proposed Correctional Agency between UNISON, the Association
of Directors of Social Work and Sheriff's Associations,
was the feedback from a Criminal Justice meeting on 8 August.
Sheriffs in particular were reported to be against the
idea because they think the Court teams and local authority
Criminal Justice teams teams work well together at the moment.
There was a need to get examples of good local practice
to demonstrate that the current system could meet the Scottish
Executive's aims of providing public protection, greater
use of restorative justive and lower re-offending rates.
We also need to press home the inevitable disruption to
the service and therefore increased risk to the public in
any transition period.
There was talk of a general letter to branches asking
them to lobby their local MSP and lobby Cathy Jamieson and/or
Jack McConnell if they are in their locality as part of
their current national 'tours'.
A note of the meeting is going to the next UNISON Local
Government committee for approval of the next steps to be
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