Scotland’s independent think tank
Scotland’s independent think tank


Event Date:

IN-PERSON EVENT – Wednesday 19 June at 5.30 pm, Edinburgh
Reform Scotland invites you to an evening to discuss Scotland’s prison population and justice reform at 5:30pm on Wednesday 19 June at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood. 

Overcrowding in Scotland’s prisons is in the headlines again after recent figures revealed that the number of inmates had reached the highest level since 2012. 

Justice Secretary Angela Constance is now seeking emergency powers to release some inmates early to relieve pressure on the prison estate. 

With growing concerns over capacity, and the ability for the overstretched prison service to rehabilitate inmates, is it time for wider reforms? 

We are putting together a panel of officials and experts to discuss the current overcrowding problem, its impact and economic cost, and how it can be solved. 

As well as hearing from our panel, we will be joined by frontline mentors from the Wise Group, a social enterprise, who work closely with prisoners and understand what drives them to reoffend again and how we can break this cycle. 

Speakers include:

Kate Wallace, Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland
Ben Cooper, Associate Economist of Fraser of Allander Institute
Sean Duffy, Chief Executive of The Wise Group

The event will be chaired by Chris Deerin, Director of Reform Scotland. 

If you would like to register for this event please email [email protected]

Please note this is an in-person event.