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Amelia Morgan: We must recognise that people can change – not just lock them up in jail

Venture Trust is delivering collaborative and effective community-based interventions for people caught up in the Scottish criminal justice system.

The work we are doing was recently featured in The Scotsman.

Evidence shows community sentences are more effective at reducing reoffending than short ­prison sentences and outside of prison people can access the services to help with rehabilitation.

Collaborative and sustained support does break the cycle of offending and reduces the social harm and financial costs for individuals, families and communities. Often it is poverty, inequality and adverse childhood experiences and the trauma resulting from domestic abuse, addiction to drugs and ­alcohol that underpins offending behaviour. These issues need to be addressed and can be best addressed outside of prison for many people. Scotland can create safer communities by being bold. Investing for the long term - in services which work - is fundamental to build confidence for victims of crime, sentencers and the public, and will result in making communities safer.

Read the full article here: Amelia Morgan: We must recognise that people can change – not just lock them up in jail

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