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The Scottish prison population has risen rapidly in recent months.

In response to this, the Scottish Government is now considering a range of measures that are designed to safeguard the community, those in our care and SPS staff. 

MSPs at the Scottish Parliament have now voted in support of one of those - Emergency Early Release of those on short-term sentences, who are already due for release in the coming weeks.

To keep families up-to-date on the latest information on Emergency Early Release, we have produced the updated Q&A document below.

The updated document is also available in an easy read format for those who require it.