Date lodged: 12 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the extent to which brain injuries should be taken into account as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 9 August 2016
Sentencing in any given case is a matter for the court. They will take into account the full facts and circumstances of a case before deciding upon an appropriate sentence. This includes any relevant injuries or conditions affecting the offender. The Scottish Government has not undertaken any specific assessment in terms of the extent to which brain injuries should be taken into account when sentencing.