Communities will be made safer thanks to funding

HMP Low Moss
HMP Low Moss

A pilot project aimed at reducing re-offending rates among prisoners has been given a £500,000 lottery boost.

Working with 1,200 short-term prisoners of Low Moss Prison in Bishopbriggs, the Public Social Partnership aims to integrate offenders back into their communities while stopping the revolving door back into prison.

The Big Lottery Fund adds the final piece to the funding package with £503,051 awarded to the lead organisation, Turning Point Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, officially launched The HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership.

Martin Cawley, chief executive of Turning Point Scotland, said: “We are delighted. This will further help underpin such an exciting and innovative initiative.

“The PSP aims to tackle the root causes of offending behaviour by engaging with offenders from the early stages of their sentence, preparing them for release and for up to a year after they leave prison.

“The PSP is an innovative way of working, by formally bringing together a range of skills and expertise among public agencies and the voluntary sector in partnership, to prepare people to successfully reintegrate into the community.”

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