Radical reform of response to prison deaths needed

A body independent of the Scottish government and prison service should investigate every prison death, a new report published today has recommended.

Published 30 November 2021

Labour backs public inquiry into 2015 prisoner death

Scottish Labour has backed calls for a full public inquiry into the 2015 death of a 30-year-old prisoner after being violently restrained by prison guards.

Published 11 October 2021

Covid cases pass 100 at HMP Perth

There are now more than 100 confirmed Covid cases at HMP Perth.

Published 20 July 2021

Nearly 100 confirmed cases of Covid in HMP Perth

Nearly 100 prisoners in HMP Perth have tested positive for Covid-19 in a significant outbreak, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) announced over the weekend.

Published 19 July 2021

Treatment of vulnerable women at Cornton Vale a cause for concern

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has expressed concern over the treatment and care of vulnerable women with mental ill health in Cornton Vale prison.

Published 8 July 2021

Positive report on use of Buvidal in prisons

A contingency measure to help prisoners affected by drug use during the pandemic is to be rolled out into the wider community after a pilot project was shown to be a success.

Published 7 July 2021

New right to welfare, housing and healthcare for prisoners in Lib Dem manifesto

A new right to welfare, housing and healthcare appointments for prisoners has been proposed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats in its manifesto published today.

Published 16 April 2021

Report finds failure to observe social distancing at HMP Kilmarnock

Social distancing guidelines were not always followed at a prison in which six inmates have tested positive for coronavirus.

Published 12 August 2020

Karyn McCluskey: Progressive justice must have the last word on prisons

Karyn McCluskey explains why the status quo on prison numbers cannot continue.

Published 18 May 2020

Plans for mobile phones to be used to support those in custody

The Scottish government and Scottish Prison Service intend to introduce mobile phones in Scotland’s prisons to maintain contact between people in custody and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 20 April 2020

Concerns raised over Friday prisoner release law after only 15 benefit in three years

A prisoner support expert has raised concerns about the function of a law aimed at offering more support to prisoners due for release on a Friday after it emerged only 15 people had benefited from it in three years.

Published 28 October 2019

Barlinnie prison replacement expected by 2025

A replacement for Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison is expected by 2025, the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee has heard.

Published 9 October 2019

Judges in Netherlands refuse to extradite man to Britain over ‘inhuman and degrading’ prison conditions

Judges in the Netherlands have refused to extradite a suspected drugs smuggler to the UK over concerns that conditions at HMP Liverpool are "inhuman and degrading", the Liverpool Echo reports.

Published 13 May 2019

Privately-run prisons cost taxpayers £44 million in 2017/18

Scotland's two privately-run prisons cost the taxpayer a total of £44 million in 2017/18, new figures reveal.

Published 30 April 2019

Programmes aimed at helping ex-prisoners reintegrate to benefit from £3.4m funding

Four programmes aimed at helping people leaving prison reintegrate with their communities are set to receive £3.4 million from the Scottish government.

Published 26 April 2019