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Strengthening community justice 16/02/2016 The Scottish Parliament passed The Community Justice (Scotland) Bill last week. The Bill lays the groundwork for a new decentralised model of community justice.

Strengthening community justice

The Scottish Parliament passed The Community Justice (Scotland) Bill last week. The Bill lays the groundwork for a new decentralised model of community justice.

In general terms, the new model will support the increased use of community sentences, a reduction in the use of short prison sentences and improved prospects for people who have offended returning to their communities.

It gives responsibility for planning and monitoring community justice services to local partners, and also creates a national body to provide leadership, promote innovation and give assurance on improved outcomes for Scotland’s communities.

The new community justice model has been shaped by the responses to public consultations in 2012 and 2014 and extensive engagement with partners.

According to the Scottish Government, funding of £1.6 million is being made available annually this year and over the next two years to help partners make the transition to the new model.

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