Scottish Prison Service
|Scottish Gaelic: Seirbheis nam Prìosan Albannach|
|Type||Executive Agency of the Scottish Government|
|Headquarters||Calton House |
5 Redheughs Rigg
Scotland in the UK and Europe
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The Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, currently Colin McConnell, is responsible for its administration and reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who is responsible for the Scottish Prison Service within the Scottish Government.
Scottish prisons are overcrowded and prisoners spend too much time in their cells. Prisoners who should be in psychiatric hospital remain in prison. Illegal drugs get into the prisons fuelling violence between prisoners and attacks by prisoners on staff. Prisoners get too little constructive activity. Part of the reason for problems is staff shortage. The judiciary are blamed for sending too many people to prison.
The current Chief Executive is Colin McConnell and supporting him is the SPS Board consisting of:
- Ruth Sutherland - acting Director of Corporate Services
- Eric Murch - Director of Corporate Change
- Teresa Medhurst - Interim Director of Strategy & Innovation
- Jim Kerr- Director of Operations
List of establishments
- HMP Addiewell
- HMP Barlinnie
- HMP Castle Huntly (Open prison)
- HMP & YOI Cornton Vale (Young Offenders Institution and Women's Prison)
- HMP Dumfries
- HMP Edinburgh
- HMP Glenochil
- HMP & YOI Grampian (Young offenders Institution)
- HMP Greenock
- HMP Inverness
- HMP Kilmarnock (Operated by Serco as part of a public-private partnership scheme)
- HMP Low Moss
- HMP Perth
- HMYOI Polmont (Young Offenders Institution)
- HMP Shotts
HMP Addiewell and HMP Kilmarnock are both privately managed under contract to the SPS.
In November 2003 SPS signed a contract on behalf of Scottish Ministers for a "Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service". This contract with Reliance Custodial Services provides for all prisoner escorting between police cells, court, prisons and hospitals as well as covering escorts from prison such as funerals, hospital appointments and community placements and also operating the court custody units. In 2012, SPS contracted this service out to G4S.
An aftercare scheme, Throughcare, has significantly cut reoffending. The scheme involves getting released prisoners a roof over their heads, sorting out their benefits and medical needs, and showing them that someone cares about them. 78% of former prisoners who received Throughcare did not return to prison over two years. Eleven Scottish prison service sites use Throughcare. "The TSOs [Throughcare Support Officers] use a case management approach, working collaboratively with the prisoner, their family, statutory and third sector service partners, to discuss appropriate support provision and to develop a personalised plan to support the person during their transition from custody back in to the community."
- "Contact Us". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- "About us". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "About us: Headquarters". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Watchdog finds 'emergency' conditions in Scottish prisons The Guardian
- "The State Hospital". NHS Scotland. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Throughcare prison support scheme 'cuts reoffending' BBC
- Throughcare Support Officers in Scottish Prisons