Scotland's first minister has repeated his support for Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson over the release of teenage murderer James McCormick.
Jack McConnell says the pair are "completely united"
Ms Jamieson has come under fire since the 17-year-old walked free from Hamilton Sheriff Court on 8 April.
Later this week, she will address parliament about the blunder, for which security firm Reliance has apologised.
Jack McConnell said he was sticking with the policy of contracting out court escort duties.
"We are committed to the reform programme to get more police on operational duty," he stated.
"We will get through these initial difficulties in this one contract.
"But it is essential that we continue with the reforms of the criminal justice system - and to that end Cathy Jamieson and myself are completely united."
Ms Jamieson met the Scottish Prison Service, Scottish Court Service and Strathclyde Police for more than two hours on Saturday.
Afterwards, the minister said action had been taken to prevent any further blunders and she promised to reveal more about Reliance's performance in the first weeks of its multi-million pound contract.
Ms Jamieson also pledged to find out what was being done to strengthen the firm's role in transferring prisoners before the contract is extended across Scotland.
She is due to address MSPs on Wednesday, subject to approval by the parliament's business bureau on Tuesday.
The two ministers at Labour's conference in February
McCormick, who stabbed Thomas Loughrey, 17, to death in the Pollokshaws
area of Glasgow last July, remains on the run.
Laura Reid, 16, was arrested at the weekend in connection with the probe into the
whereabouts of McCormick.
Miss Reid appeared on petition in private at Hamilton Sheriff Court before Sheriff
Simon Pender on Monday charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
She made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.
It has also emerged that another prisoner, who had been charged with head-butting a police officer, was mistakenly released from Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday.
But the incident, which took place on Friday, is thought to have resulted from a mix-up between the fiscal and the court clerk, rather than the fault of Reliance.