Charity which helps prisoners’ families hits back at festive party criticism

Families Outside, a Scottish organisation that works to support families affected by imprisonment, said it was “extremely disappointed” with Scottish Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart’s condemnation of family activities run in HMP Perth over the Christmas period.After details of the children’s party, one of a series of events at the jail costing a total of £1200, were revealed by the Scottish Prison Service Mr Stewart, who is one of the representatives for the Mid Scotland and Fife constituency, slammed the authorities and claimed they gave the impression of a “soft touch” justice system in the country.However, Nancy Loucks, chief executive of Families Outside, has hit back at his comments, claiming society benefits from holding such parties.