The Scottish government has announced a new agenda focused on crime prevention to tackle the problem of overcrowded prisons.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced that the new approach will see two “community-based” units for women will be built in Glasgow and either Fife or Dundee.
A small prison for around 80 women will be built at Cornton Vale to replace the jail being demolished there. The current jail was built to imprison 217 women, but the population soared to 350.
If follows the recommendations of a commission led by the former Lord Advocate, Dame Elish Angiolini, that the prison estate should be for high-risk and long-term offenders.
The new community facilities will focus on the recovery of damaged women, and allow them more time with their families.
The Holyrood administration has introduced a series of changes to sentencing and rehabilitation in a bid to stop the cycle of reoffending that saw huge numbers of people in and out of jail on a short-term basis.