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