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

Video link system could streamline Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A video link system could be a huge boon to Aberdeen Sheriff Court, saving it money and time, Scotland's chief inspector of prisons has said.

Published 13 May 2019

Presumption against prison terms of under three months makes 'limited' impact

The presumption against prison sentences of less than three months has had a “limited” impact and the rule is undermined by the introduction of more offences with short prison terms, The Herald reports.

Published 10 May 2019

Scotland's prison overcrowding problem grows

Scotland's jail population is set to reach a record high of 8,500 this summer, The Times reports.

Published 15 April 2019

Scotland's prison population drops by four per cent

The Scottish prison population fell by 4.1 per cent between 2016 and 2018 while the overall imprisonment rate in Europe fell by nearly seven per cent, new figures reveal.

Published 3 April 2019

Report reveals prison failings and 'bureaucratic and broken' FAI system

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for action to improve mental health in prisons, following the publication of the Deaths in Custody report by Aamer Anwar and the family of Katie Allan, a young woman who tragically committed suicide in prison.

Published 2 April 2019

Wales has highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe

Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe, according to research by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

Published 17 January 2019