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Government Introduces New Strategy on Crime Prevention

The Scottish Government, as part of its new justice strategy, has announced plans for a stronger focus on preventing crime. The new vision paper, introduced by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson, is based on recent research highlighting the extent that adverse incidents in childhood can have on offending in later life. Studies have found that people who experienced at least four traumatic events when young were 20 times more likely to be imprisoned, as well as 14 times more likely to have been victims of violence in the preceding year. The types of traumatic incidents cited in the study include abuse, misuse of drugs or having a relative who was imprisoned.

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Law Reform on Adults with Incapacity

The law relating to adults with incapacity is predominantly governed by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. This act outlines the law in Scotland concerning the ability of adults who no longer have capacity to make decisions for themselves. Following the European Court of Human Rights Judgement in HL v UK the law may be set for reform. This case involved a person with learning difficulties who was informally detained in a hospital for psychiatric treatment. It was held as a breach of his human rights, as it was not in accordance with the procedure set out in the law. The reform of the Act may introduce a legal process to authorise measures preventing an adult from leaving a hospital and a more detailed legal process for the restriction of liberty of adults.

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