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  • Article: Feb 14, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has today announced her party's plans to introduce a new robust presumption against jail terms of less than a year in a move to reduce reoffending levels and support rehabilitation.

    A presumption against prison sentences of three months or less was introduced in Scotland in 2010. As part of their manifesto proposals for the Holyrood elections in May, Liberal Democrats will put forward an extension of the presumption to cover prison sentences of 12 months or less.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has welcomed a landmark judgement by the Court of Session that questions Scottish Ministers' interpretation of legislation protecting victims when their confidential medical records are sought by defence lawyers.

    Lord Glennie today published the outcome of his judicial review of the decision of Scottish Ministers to refuse legal aid for a woman whose medical records were sought by the accused. Ministers had argued she had no right to be heard or represented at the hearing on that application.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today welcomed the news that the first phase of plans to close Scotland's only female prison will begin this summer.

    This morning the justice secretary Michael Matheson announced the relocation of most inmates at HMP Cornton Vale to HMP Polmont, with the construction of a new national women's prison beginning in 2018.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2016

    It is almost four years since the commission on women offenders published its report. Of its 37 recommendations, only one gave me serious pause for thought: that on setting up a national community justice service. Such centralisation seemed contrary to the rest of the report, which emphasised a tailored, community-based response.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes today warned victims of crimes are missing out on receiving cash seized from offenders as she revealed a fund, announced by the Scottish Government in 2013, has been delayed yet again.

    The Victims Surcharge Fund, which should provide more than a million pounds a year to the victims of crimes, paid for by offenders, was part of a package of measures under the Victims and Witnesses Act which was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2013.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2016

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today urged people affected the recent floods to apply to a recovery appeal fund for support.

    Foundation Scotland launched its appeal on 8 January in response to some of the worst flood damage seen in Scotland for a century. The fund total has now reached £300,000 thanks to generous support of the public, businesses and funders.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2016

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today called on the Scottish Government to exempt local authorities from landfill tax when clearing up after the recent floods which devastated many parts of the country, particularly the North East.

    Mrs McInnes said: "I have asked ministers to consider whether an exemption can be granted from landfill taxation arising from the clear-up after the recent flooding.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Alison McInnes MSP today warned that scrapping a specialist wildlife crime unit would be a step backwards in efforts to tackle crimes such as badger-baiting and the poisoning of birds of prey.

    Mrs McInnes was speaking following reports that the UK-wide National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), based in Livingston, is facing the axe.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today criticised the SNP for patting themselves on the back on police numbers when officers continue to be forced to cover backroom posts to make up for civilian staff cuts.

    Figures published this morning show that the SNP government has met the 1,000 extra police officer number target it set in 2007. However, Mrs McInnes has raised concerns that the target hides a growing imbalance between those officers working in communities and those not on the ground because they are having to cover civilian shifts.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the announcement of a new fund to support people in the oil and gas industry who have lost their jobs but has called for more information on how the money will be distributed.

    Today the first minister announced a new transition training fund which will offer grants to individuals to support retraining or further education.