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

Justice secretary cannot 'pass the buck' on suspension of prison rehab measures

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf “cannot just throw up his hands and pass the buck” after the Scottish Prison Service announced that all of its throughcare support officers (TSOs) were being reassigned into general prison officer roles to deal with overcrowding in Scotland’s prisons.

Published 26 July 2019

Less than a third of prisoners learning skills at Scottish prisons

As many as three quarters of detainees in Scottish prisons went without attending a single a single education or skills class in the past month, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said.

Published 5 July 2019

Scotland has highest prison population rate per head in Western Europe

Scotland has the highest prison population rate per head in Western Europe, with 150 people held in prison for every 100,000 of the population, according to a new report.

Published 25 June 2019

New figures show Scotland’s prisons are ‘in a state of emergency’

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called for recognition of the "emergency" in Scotland’s prisons as new figures revealed the total number of assaults in prisons increased by 41 per cent last year.

Published 7 June 2019

England: More prisoners to be offered day release for work and training

More prisoners in England and Wales will have the opportunity to access employment and training following an expansion of the release on temporary license (ROTL) scheme.

Published 28 May 2019