Scotland's average daily prison population rises sharply

The average daily prison population rose sharply in 2018-19 and 2019-20 despite fewer people being imprisoned, according to statistics published by the chief statistician today.

Published 14 July 2020

HMP Barlinnie 'no longer fit for purpose'

HMP Barlinnie is “no longer fit for purpose”, according to prison inspectors.

Published 27 May 2020

Concern over human rights breaches in Scottish prisons during the pandemic

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has written to Holyrood's Justice Committee to highlight concerns about measures being taken in prisons during the pandemic.

Published 19 May 2020

Regulations to allow release of short-term prisoners laid at Holyrood

Regulations to allow a limited number of short-term prisoners nearing the end of their time in custody to be released early have been laid in Parliament to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 5 May 2020

Criminologist warns of prison riots during pandemic

A criminologist has suggested that Scotland will face prison riots if inmates are not afforded any coronavirus protection.

Published 3 April 2020

Yousaf asked to uphold rights of detainees during crisis

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

What explains the paradox of Scottish life imprisonment?

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

Prison chief Colin McConnell to retire

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

Audit Committee: Contingency plan for HMP Barlinnie must be of the highest priority

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

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