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Community Justice Bill passes Stage 1 24/11/2015 Government plans to strengthen the community justice system in Scotland have passed Stage 1.

Community Justice Bill passes Stage 1

Government plans to strengthen the community justice system in Scotland have passed Stage 1 at the Scottish Parliament.

The Community Justice (Scotland) Bill lays the groundwork for a new model designed to support an increase in the use of community sentences, a reduction in the use of short prison sentences and improved prospects for offenders returning to their communities.

It gives responsibility for planning and monitoring community justice services to local partners who will be accountable for successful delivery. These partners include local authorities, NHS boards, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Health and Social Care Integration joint boards, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and Scottish Ministers (which in practice will mean the involvement in community justice planning of the Scottish Prison Service and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service).

The Bill will also require a national strategy and performance framework for community justice to be developed, and create a national body to provide leadership, promote innovation and give assurance on improved outcomes for Scotland’s communities.

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