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Justice secretary needs to stop dodging his responsibility - McInnes

July 14, 2011 12:12 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after the Justice Secretary visited HMP Cornton Vale as part of his tour of Scottish jails, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Kenny MacAskill has refused to answer why he failed to take any action to improve conditions at Cornton Vale prison after two damning reports.

"When he arrived at the prison today, he would have seen how 'stark' the conditions are and how many prisoners are sleeping without proper beds. I hope this will shame him into taking immediate action.

"The Scottish Government is failing women in the criminal justice system. Instead of dodging his responsibility, the Justice Secretary needs to take direct responsibility and ensure immediate improvements are made."