A PREGNANT prisoner admitted to hospital with serious complications was kept handcuffed to guards on a metre-long chain, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
THE cost of paying the private operator Reliance to move prisoners between Scotland's jails and courts could soar by millions of pounds, according to an expert.
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AN investigation is under way after a prisoner was released in error from court by the security firm Reliance.
TWO members of staff from the security firm Reliance have been banned from working in courts after "provoking" prisoners by carrying crates of lager past their cells.
THE controversial private security company Reliance is about to strike an improved deal for escorting inmates to court, The Scotsman can reveal.
PRIVATISING prisoner escort services has put 300 police officers and 200 prison officers back to front-line duties, a report has found.
RELIANCE officers took two hours to transfer a prisoner just a few hundred yards between Edinburgh's High Court and Sheriff Court.
A SENIOR manager from the prisoner-escort company Reliance was in the dock himself yesterday - but escaped charges of contempt of court.
A PRISON escort agency boss will today face the wrath of a sheriff, after failing to appear yesterday and explain why his firm had not delivered an accused man to court.
AN ESCAPED prisoner threatened to kill a nurse when he hijacked her car while on the run from a hospital, after security staff uncuffed him for an X-ray.
RELIANCE, the prison escort company, has relaxed security procedures for female inmates following protests about women being "double-cuffed" when about to give birth.
RELIANCE, the security firm in charge of escorting prisoners to court, is cutting back on staff who guard criminals in the dock.
A RELIANCE security van carrying a prisoner to a court appearance was involved in a collision with a lorry on the city bypass today after its driver fell ill.
PRISONER escort firm Reliance has mistakenly returned prisoners to jail despite them being bailed from court.
THE decision by the Scottish Executive to award a contract for prisoner escort services to private security company Reliance has come in for criticism from many quarters.
A MAN charged with breach of the peace while gate-crashing an Oasis concert was found not guilty after a policewoman wrongly identified a Reliance security officer as a missing co-accused.
A JUDGE yesterday told the troubled prisoner-escort firm Reliance that its staff could be jailed if they continue to fail the court system.
UNDER-FIRE prison escort firm Reliance was today warned its workers could be jailed if they continue to fail the court system.
A RAPIST has finally been sentenced 24 hours after bungling Reliance staff took him to the wrong court.