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Scottish Sentencing Council report on 'Sentencing of Parents' event
20/07/2017 11:31:00 by Zoey

A report on the ‘Sentencing of Parents’ discussion hosted by the Scottish Sentencing Council as part of their programme to increase awareness and understanding of all aspects of sentencing has been made available online.

Prison Reform Trust attended this event with Families Outside, Together, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and the Sentencing Group for Northern Ireland. Dr Shona Minson from the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University and also representing the Prison Reform Trust gave a presentation on the sentencing of primary carers, available here.

The Council will now consider the issues raised in the discussion, such as:

  • how parental caring responsibilities should be taken into account during the sentencing process
  • to what extent such responsibilities should influence sentencing decisions
  • how other jurisdictions have addressed this issue
  • whether there may be a role for the court to seek additional information about children who may be affected by sentencing decisions.

Read the full report