Date lodged: 15 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that parole board reports should be made available to victims and witnesses on request.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 28 November 2018
As we committed to in this year’s Programme for Government, we will consult on specific measures to make parole processes more open and transparent. This will include consulting on measures to provide victims and their families with information on Parole Board decisions, as well as mechanisms to strengthen the voice of victims in parole processes. The consultation will be published before the end of the year. These issues and other PfG commitments to improve support for victims will be considered by the Victims Taskforce, which will be co-chaired by the Justice Secretary and the Lord Advocate and will meet for the first time on 12 th December.