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Local MSP Rona Mackay gives backing to Conviction Records

Scotland’s first record label for former prisoners has been backed by local MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden Rona Mackay in an official motion to the Scottish Parliament.

Conviction records, founded by Milton of Campsie resident Jill Brown, launched in 2020 offering former inmates a rehabilitation pathway through recording music.

As previously reported in the Kirkintilloch Herald, Conviction Records have now established a crowdfunder to sign their first recording artist Ryan Kershaw.

The move has been backed by East Dunbartonshire MSP Rona Mackay who reached out to Jill and the record label after the Herald’s reporting. Her Scottish Parliament motion, backed by several MSPs throughout Scotland, “pays tribute” to both Jill and the record label for seeking to improve outcomes for those with experience of the criminal justice system. Commenting, Ms Mackay said: “After reading the story of Conviction Records and my constituent Jill in the Kirkintilloch Herald I was delighted to sing their praises in the Scottish Parliament. “Conviction Records are leading example of the dynamic, holistic approach to ex-offender rehabilitation that exists in Scotland. As a social enterprise – Scotland’s first recording label for former prisoners – I am delighted to back them in improving the outcomes for ex-offenders. “I hope this motion to the Scottish Parliament informs my colleagues of the nation leading approach to rehabilitation through music that exists within my constituency. Jill and everyone associated with Conviction Records should be rightly proud of the work they’re achieving, seeking to go from strength to strength to, quite literally, give a voice to those with lived experience of the criminal justice system. Commenting, Manging Director of Conviction Records Jill Brown:

"Doing something new is never easy and it makes such a difference to have our work highlighted in the Scottish Parliament and recognised by Rona, who is clearly passionate about the rehabilitation of offenders. “The motion is a real encouragement to all of us at Conviction Records and we’d like to thank Rona and her colleagues for their support."


Notes to Editors: You can view the full motion here

You can donate to Conviction Records’ Crowdfunder here

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