Date lodged: 10 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20597 by Humza Yousaf on 7 January 2019, whether it will confirm when in 2017 the then justice secretary confirmed that a phased approach would be taken in respect of the five community custody units, and by what date it expects each unit to be fully (a) planned and (b) operational.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 January 2019
My predecessor confirmed in a letter dated 11 July 2017 to the Justice Committee that the Scottish Government will be taking a phased, evidence-based approach to allow us to be responsive to the changing profile of the female prison population and emerging lessons learned from development of the first 2 Community Custodial Units (CCUs). He also advised Parliament that work on the Units will respond to the changing profile and risk profile in his statement to Parliament on Community Justice on 14 September 2017.
The letter also noted that decisions on the next phase of CCUs and the remaining 3 possible locations, will be dependent on a number of factors as well as the lessons learned in bringing the first phase of CCUs into operation.
Plans for the CCUs in Glasgow and Dundee are progressing well and expected to be operational by the end of 2020.