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

More than 1,400 prisoners housed in ‘doubled-up’ single cells

More than 1,400 prisoners are being housed in overcrowded ‘doubled-up’ single cells across Scotland.

Published 18 February 2019

Lawyers complain of court delays after new prison escort contractor takes over

Lawyers have complained of court delays this week after a new private company took over the contract for transferring prisoners to court, The Herald reports.

Published 30 January 2019

Average length of custodial sentence at ten-year high

The average length of custodial sentences in Scotland is at its highest in the last ten years, increasing by 21 per cent since 2008/09, new figures reveal.

Published 29 January 2019

Lib Dems warn of people being ‘packed into prisons like sardines’

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has warned that “people are being packed into prisons like sardines” after a parliamentary question revealed that the occupancy rate of nine prisons was 100 per cent or higher last month.

Published 14 January 2019