The chief inspector of prisons has said fewer young people would end up in prison if schools ended their policy of exclusion.
In his annual report on Scotland's prisons, Brig Hugh Munro has drawn attention to the country's culture of violence.
This, he said, is often combined with the "scourge of religious bigotry".
In its response to the report, the Scottish government said crime was at its lowest level for 35 years.
Brig Munro said that Scotland's "offending landscape" remained a challenge for the prison system.
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