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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-04320

Tackling Violent Crime

Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, May 9, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Meghan Gallacher, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Motions as amended

That the Parliament recognises that a majority of the Parliament supported the justice vision and strategy on 8 February 2022; further recognises the need to focus on prevention and early intervention, taking a whole-government approach to reduce crime and make communities safer; supports making services person centred and trauma informed, in line with the aims set out in the justice vision; believes that improving support for victims and survivors should be among the highest priorities for the justice system; notes that recorded crime is at one of the lowest levels since 1974; acknowledges that there is more to do to address violent crime and improve the experiences of women in communities and within the justice system; welcomes the sustained investment in the justice system in 2022-23; believes that, while there will always be a place for restricting people’s liberty in society, the balance should be shifted to ensure that custody is used only when no alternative is appropriate, making greater use of alternative options in communities, and contrasts this progressive and evidence-based approach with the strategy adopted by the UK Government.


Vote

Result 69 for, 29 against, 20 abstained, 11 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party  58 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  0 for, 0 against, 20 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  0 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Green Party  7 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

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No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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Original motion text

That the Parliament notes with concern that the number of police-recorded violent crimes is at its highest level in a decade; further notes that Scottish Government decisions have contributed to this rise by underfunding the police, which has led to full-time police officer numbers being at their lowest level since 2008; recognises that the Scottish Government’s justice strategy is failing victims of crime, as is evident through the 931,991 hours of community sentences that have been written off or not yet carried out; notes that organised crime and domestic abuse contribute to a deteriorating picture of crimes of violence in Scotland, and urges the Scottish Government to take action to address this; recognises that the Scottish Government’s justice strategy is failing to keep the public safe by diverting dangerous criminals away from prison, instead allowing them to carry out inadequate non-custodial alternatives; believes that proposals such as those outlined in the Scottish Government’s consultation on bail and release from custody arrangements, which include proposals to automatically release offenders after serving just a third of their prison sentence, do not address the shift in balance in the justice system away from victims, and further distil a lack of confidence in sentencing, and calls, therefore, on the Scottish Government to change strategy by acknowledging that punishment remains an important part of the criminal justice system, and to support proposals contained in the proposed Victims, Criminal Justice and Fatal Accident Inquiries (Scotland) Bill, such as the introduction of Michelle's Law and Suzanne's Law, to improve the landscape of support for the victims of crime, which it believes is currently letting down too many in society.


Accepted amendments

Motion ref. S6M-04320.2

Tackling Violent Crime - Amendment

Submitted by: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Supported by: Siobhian Brown, Graeme Dey, Ash Regan
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Result 69 for, 29 against, 21 abstained, 10 no vote Vote Passed


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-04320.1

Tackling Violent Crime - Amendment

Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, May 11, 2022