Criminologist warns of prison riots during pandemic

A criminologist has suggested that Scotland will face prison riots if inmates are not afforded any coronavirus protection.

Published 3 April 2020

Yousaf asked to uphold rights of detainees during crisis

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.

Published 2 April 2020

What explains the paradox of Scottish life imprisonment?

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.

Published 17 March 2020

Prison chief Colin McConnell to retire

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has thanked Colin McConnell for his work as chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) following his decision to retire later this year.

Published 6 March 2020

Audit Committee: Contingency plan for HMP Barlinnie must be of the highest priority

Developing a contingency plan for HMP Barlinnie in the event that it fails must be of the highest priority for the Scottish Prison Service, Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee has said.

Published 20 February 2020

Barlinnie Prison replacement submitted for initial planning

Plans to build a replacement for Barlinnie Prison on derelict land at Provanmill have taken a step forward with the submission of an application to Glasgow City Council.

Published 9 January 2020

Work on redevelopment of Cornton Vale scheduled to begin next month

Work as part of the redevelopment of Cornton Vale women's prison could begin next month.

Published 8 January 2020

Justice Committee: Increase prison funding levels and promote alternatives to custody

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has concluded that real-terms increases in the revenue and capital budgets for the Scottish Prison Service are needed for 2020/21.

Published 2 December 2019

England: Number of offenders in criminal justice system hits 50-year low

The number of offenders passing through the criminal justice system has fallen to its lowest level in 50 years, according to official figures.

Published 15 November 2019

Independent review into prison deaths to be established

An independent review of the handling of deaths in prisons is being established by the Scottish government.

Published 8 November 2019

New support schemes launched for people leaving prison

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed news that two third sector partnerships will extend the range of support they deliver for people leaving prison.

Published 25 September 2019

Scottish prisons under severe pressure

The Scottish Prison Service faces profound challenges in continuing to run Scotland's overcrowded prisons safely and effectively.

Published 13 September 2019

England: Prison installs stairlift as ageing population prompts change

A prison has installed a stairlift for elderly inmates amid an increase in requests for walking frames, thermal underwear and wedge pillows, The Times reports.

Published 21 August 2019

Seventy-seven attempted suicides in prison so far in 2019, compared to 31 in all of 2018

The number of self-harm incidents and attempted suicides recorded in prisons during the first seven months of 2019 has already far exceeded the figures for the whole of 2018.

Published 9 August 2019

Justice Committee seeks views on prison and alternatives to custody spending

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is seeking information on the Scottish government’s spending in relation to prisons and alternatives to custody, as part of its wider review of budgets in the justice portfolio.

Published 30 July 2019