Emergency release of criminals from Scottish prisons announced by SNP

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SNP ministers have announced an “emergency” release of criminals from Scotland’s prisons to ease chronic overcrowding.

Angela Constance, the Scottish Justice Secretary, said she would table proposals to free some inmates serving sentences of less than four years.

Those imprisoned for sexual crimes and domestic abuse would be excluded.

She also unveiled plans to examine freeing criminals serving long sentences earlier, raising concerns that automatic early release will be reintroduced after previously being abolished.

Scotland’s prison population has surged by 13 per cent since the start of 2023, to a near-record 8,348, and Ms Constance said there was a “critical risk to the continued safe and effective operation of the estate.”

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