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Justice Minister Visits Everton Scout Camp

54203On Monday 14th May, the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill visited Everton Scout Camp to see offenders carrying out manual labour on community service.

The Cabinet Secretary saw work being undertaken to renovate the facilities at the camp. ‘Low-level’ offenders are helping to clean up land, decorate buildings, upgrade bathroom facilities and put up boundary fencing for the benefit of the local community.

Mr MacAskill met offenders carrying out the work, Scouts representatives, and staff managing offenders from Inverclyde Criminal Justice Social Work Services

He said: “We want to see low-level offenders out paying back communities by doing some tough manual labour. Punishment should be tough and we should be using these offenders as a resource to make improvements to local communities as payback for the damage they have done.

“We’ve recently brought in new laws meaning that local communities can now have a say on the type of manual labour they want to see low-level offenders carrying out in their local areas. Communities across the country can now identify the local priorities which need work doing and get offenders out doing them for the benefit of the community.

“This is a great initiative in Inverclyde which will not only benefit the community, but also the young Scouts involved in this Scouting group. The facilities will be renovated leaving an upgraded Scout training camp. We want to see more of this type of work being replicated right across Scotland

Local MSP Stuart McMillan took the opportunity to visit the camp to see what facilities were available.

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