Paisley Sheriff Court custody cell toilets a ‘potential biohazard’

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The urinals in custody cells at Paisley Sheriff Court have been described as a “potential biohazard” in an inspection report.

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland report found that people in the court’s custody unit were still using deactivated urinals, from which “emanated an odour of stale urine”.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, said: “Deactivated urinals within the cells and the lack of sanitary bins caused a potential biohazard.”

Sanitary bins have now been installed while removal of the urinals was recommended.

The CCU was otherwise found to be an efficient and effective facility with staff that were clearly motivated, well led and working well as a team.

Staff/prisoner relationships were professional, compassionate and respectful, resulting in a range of good practice including careful and appropriate cell allocation.

Furthermore, prisoners whose first language was not English could readily access translation services.

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