In the Media

Prisoners' voting bar 'outdated'

PUBLISHED April 5, 2005

The former chief inspector of Scotland's prisons has criticised the ban on prisoner voting.

Campaigners have called for a review of legislation which stops offenders from taking part in elections.
Former Chief Inspector of Prisons Clive Fairweather said times have changed and he does not see why criminals are prevented from joining the polls.
He said it is hypocritical as inmates are asked to be more responsible prior to release yet are barred from voting.