A criminologist has suggested that Scotland will face prison riots if inmates are not afforded any coronavirus protection.
Published 3 April 2020
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
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
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
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
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 as part of the redevelopment of Cornton Vale women's prison could begin next month.
Published 8 January 2020
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
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
An independent review of the handling of deaths in prisons is being established by the Scottish government.
Published 8 November 2019
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
The Scottish Prison Service faces profound challenges in continuing to run Scotland's overcrowded prisons safely and effectively.
Published 13 September 2019
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
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
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