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Petition by David Wemyss  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1150  
Petition by David Wemyss, on behalf of Aberdeen Prison Visiting Committee, calling on the Scottish parliament to urge the Scottish Government to consider whether large prisons remote from prisoners' families offer the best way of rehabilitating offenders or whether, as an alternative, localised community prisons should be supported much more strongly to maintain genuinely easy access to family links and other community virtues.  
Petitioner: David Wemyss  
On behalf of: Aberdeen Prison Visiting Committee 
Number of signatures: 33  
Date lodged: 7 May 2008  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1150 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1150  

10 June 2008 :   The Committee agreed to seek responses to the issues raised in the petition from the Scottish Government, Scottish Prisons Commission, Scottish Prison Service, Families Outside, Action for Prisoners' Families, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Sacro, Aberdeen Community Health Partnership, Association of Directors of Social Work, Grampian Police, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council. Link to Official Report 10 June 2008 

2 December 2008 :   The Committee agreed to invite the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to give evidence to the Committee on the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 2 December 2008 

10 February 2009 :   The Committee took evidence from Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Tom Fox, The Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 10 February 2009 

3 March 2009 :   The Committee agreed to invite Grampian Police and Families Outside to give oral evidence on the issues raised in the petition at a future meeting of the Committee.<Link to Official Report 3 March 2009  

30 March 2009 :   The Committee took oral evidence from Superintendent Innes Skene, Grampian Police and Susan Cross and Lady Cullen of Whitekirk, Families Outside.<Link to Official Report 30 March 2009  

21 April 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking responses to the specific points raised during the meeting.<Link to Official Report 21 April 2009  

16 June 2009 :   The Committee agreed to seek a debate in the Chamber on the petition. Further, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 16 June 2009  

3 November 2009 :   The Committee agreed to seek time for the issues raised in the petition to be debated by the whole Parliament in the Chamber. <Link to Official Report 3 November 2009 

9 February 2010 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the issues raised in the petition have been fully considered on eight occasions, including an oral evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and a debate in the Chamber by the Parliament. Further, the Scottish Government has written to the Committee responding to questions raised by it during the debate on the petition which took place in the Chamber on 13 January 2010. <Link to Official Report 9 February 2010 

 
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