The early release of 348 inmates from Scotland’s jails has helped reduce the prison population by 15% during the coronavirus lockdown, the Justice Secretary has said.
Scottish Prison Service
Families with loved ones in prison in the north-east will be able to see them for the first time in months as "virtual visits" are rolled out.
Prisoners released early from Scotland’s jails to stem the spread of coronavirus have not been screened for the illness first, a Scottish Government minister has said.
Two prisoners who have been released early due to the Covid-19 pandemic have reoffended, Scotland’s most senior police officer has said.
The early release of prisoners due to the coronavirus outbreak has not been wholly without incident, according to a senior police officer.
More than 150 inmates have been given early releases from Scottish prisons as part of efforts to help contain the spread of coronavirus, according to new figures.
The treatment of prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak could be regarded as “inhuman or degrading”, MSPs have been told.
A sixth prisoner has died with suspected coronavirus in Scotland.
As the hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court neared its conclusion yesterday, Lynch, who appeared via a video link from the jail, interrupted proceedings to claim that prison staff had thanked him and Whyte, for tackling their victim, who the court heard had a razor blade
Up to 450 prisoners could be released early in an attempt to keep inmates and guards safe as Scotland’s prisons struggle to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, the Justice Secretary has said.
A total of 11 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 80 are self-isolating, the Scottish Prison Service has said.
Inmates across Scotland are to be given access to mobile phones so they can keep in touch with their families.
A second prisoner in Scotland has died after showing symptoms of coronavirus.
The Scottish Government has proposed new regulations for prisons, including dropping the minimum number of showers for inmates to two a week, as it seeks to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.
There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country’s jails, the Scottish Prison Service has said.
John Angus has become the first Scottish prisoner to die after contracting coronavirus.
Figures from the Scottish Prison Service show 86 inmates of HMP Grampian in Peterhead were caught consuming illegal substances in 2019.
Bosses at a north-east prison are searching for a company to help them battle a winged menace.
Andrew Wallace has appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court facing three charges at a private hearing.
A human rights organisation has highlighted failings at a north-east jail.
The number of self-harm incidents at a north-east super-prison has skyrocketed, prompting calls for action amid a “state of emergency” in Scottish jails.
“When I got the letter, I felt sick. I was outraged. It brought all those memories flooding back. It made me anxious and feel rage."
A former north-east police officer and football coach who abused young boys has died in prison before he could face new allegations.
A disgraced former north-east police officer and football coach who was jailed for abusing young boys has died in prison.
A prison officer accidentally left a cell door open at a north-east super jail – only for a criminal’s belongings to go missing.
A senior politician wants prison officers at a north-east superjail to wear body cameras in a bid to tackle violence.
A complaint by a prisoner over the work system at a north-east superjail has been thrown out by a watchdog.
Mark Stephen, from Fraserburgh, died at HMP Perth on Friday.
A quarter of Scottish prisoners have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives, new research has indicated.
The number of mental health staff at a north-east superprison is at its lowest level since the facility opened.