Warning over options for keeping Scottish women out of prison



Most women who end up behind bars would be better off being cared for outside prison, a leading expert has said.Karyn McCluskey, the head of government agency Community Justice Scotland, said there were not enough options for keeping female offenders out of jail.She told BBC Scotland there were too many women in custody but the measures for dealing with them outside prison were "patchy".About 91% of women get a sentence of less than a year.Later this year the Scottish government will introduce a presumption against prison sentences of 12 months or less.