Making Our Communities Safer
'For the first time in our 82 year history, Plaid Cymru entered government following the elections of May 2007. The One Wales programme of government, drawn up between Plaid Cymru and the Labour Party, states that ‘we want to see a fair system of youth and criminal justice, in which the people have every confidence’ and that ‘we will consider the evidence for the devolution of the Criminal Justice System’.
'Before being elected to the National Assembly, I worked as a Probation Officer, as a support worker with Women’s Aid and I also taught social work and social policy at Cardiff University.
'I was appointed as Plaid’s Shadow Social Justice Minister shortly after my election in 2003 and retained that position until after the Assembly election in 2007.
'This paper was commissioned as part of the policy development work of Plaid Cymru, being carried out under the auspices of the Plaid Cymru Policy Development Unit. It will, I hope, focus minds on an issue which is of great relevance to many of Wales’ people, and contribute to the debate on the future of the Criminal Justice System in Wales by arguing the case for its devolution.'
Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru Spring 2008