Low Moss PSP Evaluation Report 2016

11 March 2016

Author: Reid-Howie Associates & Low Moss PSP

An independent evaluation of the HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership (PSP) carried out by Reid-Howie Associates.  

The report revealed that 83 per cent of prisoners who engage with the PSP have not returned to custody when ordinarily two thirds of the male, short-term, habitual offenders housed as HMP Low Moss would be returned to custody within a year or their release.


The PSP is a partnership between the Scottish Prison Service and a range of third sector organisations, including Sacro and Action for Children and of which Turning Point Scotland is the lead voluntary sector organisation. The service received funding from the Scottish Government, the Robertson Trust and the Big Lottery. The Low Moss PSP was set up in 2013 to identify and address the underlying complex issues why a high level of people serving short term sentences would go on to reoffend. A lack of suitable housing, support or income were among the identified issues addressed by the PSP to give prisoners a better chance of a fresh start and discouraging a return to offending behaviour.

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