Prison

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Legal Services Agency has launched a new project which will provide support to people detained in HMP Greenock and Low Moss by offering tailored legal advice and representation, to empower individuals to understand their housing options and navigate legal processes. The project, Disrupting Cycles of

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MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Criminal Justice Committee are to examine plans put forward by the Scottish government which would overhaul systems in place around the release of prisoners and use of bail by courts. The new Bail and Release from Custody Bill, which the government hopes will

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Scotland has the highest prison population rate in the UK and one of the highest in Europe, a new report shows. The 47-nation Council of Europe has today published its Annual Penal Statistics for 2021, compiled by the University of Lausanne.

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Under-18s should not be sent to jail, Scotland's chief inspector of prisons has said. Wendy Sinclair Gieben has written to ministers calling for new laws to end imprisonment of 16 and 17-year-olds by the end of March.

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Balfour Beatty has been awarded the contract for the first stage of the Scottish Prison Service’s (SPS) project for the design and construction of HMP Highland, designed by BakerHicks.

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Children, families and friends have had around 18,000 ‘virtual visits’ with prisoners in Scotland in the six months since secure online conferencing was rolled-out across the country. The introduction of virtual visits, alongside the provision of mobile telephone handsets with appropriat

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The average daily prison population rose sharply in 2018-19 and 2019-20 despite fewer people being imprisoned, according to statistics published by the chief statistician today. Following several years of steady decline, the average daily population in Scotland’s prisons rose from 7,464 in 201

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HMP Barlinnie is “no longer fit for purpose”, according to prison inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland found that the prison's holding cells, “first condemned 25 years ago”, are still in use and that they may fall foul of human rights law.

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The Scottish Human Rights Commission has written to Holyrood's Justice Committee to highlight concerns about measures being taken in prisons during the pandemic. The commission expressed concern that the current conditions being experienced by some people in Scottish prisons could amount to inhuman

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Regulations to allow a limited number of short-term prisoners nearing the end of their time in custody to be released early have been laid in Parliament to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme is limited to those sentenced to 18 months or less and who on 4 May have 90 days or less left t

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A criminologist has suggested that Scotland will face prison riots if inmates are not afforded any coronavirus protection. Twelve people died in riots in Italian jails last month after prisoners objected to restrictions on visits.

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The Scottish members of the UK National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) have today written to Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, highlighting efforts to uphold the rights of people in detention and deprived of their liberty during the COVID-19 outbreak. Among the recommendations in the letter, signed by Jud

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The high rate of life imprisonment in Scotland is driven by both increased punitiveness and attempts to reduce the risk that serious crime poses to society, according to a new academic paper. More people are serving life sentences in Scotland as a proportion of the national population than in any ot

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