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THE number of prisoners in Scotland's jails is set to rise by more than 2,000 by 2020, Scottish Government statisticians have warned, despite a slight drop this year.
EVERY prisoner released from a Scottish jail will be put straight into a 'back-to-work' programme in new UK-wide measures announced by Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg following the riots in English cities.
NORANSIDE open prison in Angus will be closed by October, according to officials.
A SHERIFF and a public health director have been appointed to a commission that aims to improve the way women offenders are dealt with in the criminal justice system.
SCOTLAND'S only all-female jail continues to be overcrowded and prisoners are still not getting the best treatment, despite an inspection report highlighting the failings a year ago.
AFTER a career spent pursuing criminals, Dame Elish Angiolini has been given the task of preventing women from offending.
SCOTLAND'S only all-female prison has received another damning report, with some problems "even more stark" than they were in the inspector's last, highly critical, assessment.
A FORMER chaplain to one of Scotland's toughest jails was sworn in yesterday as the new moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
SCOTTISH prisoners have been paid almost £8 million of taxpayers' money over the past three years in compensation for the "indignity" of slopping out, figures have revealed.
MINISTERS were facing a new slopping out row yesterday after two convicted rapists were each awarded £500 damages for having to empty a chemical toilet.
A PRISONER has gone on the run from Castle Huntly open prison in Dundee after being released for home leave.
PRISON visitors will face random drug searches in a bid to crack down on the "hundreds of kilos of heroin" being brought into jails every year, Labour pledged yesterday.
MURDERERS, sex offenders and other prisoners on long sentences could be given work experience cleaning Edinburgh's streets or collecting rubbish under a new scheme being considered by the city council.
RELIANCE has suffered a major blow after losing the contract for providing court custody and prisoner transport to rival security firm G4S
Opposition plans to jail all knife criminals would result in fewer police on the streets and cuts to schools and hospitals, justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has warned.
THE number of women given prison sentences in Scotland has almost doubled in the past ten years, according to a report released today.
PROPOSALS for a new "super-prison" to serve the north-east of Scotland were yesterday given the green light at a meeting of Aberdeenshire Council.
FEARS have been raised over the levels of staffing at HMP Addiewell after Scotland's chief prisons inspector raised concerns about high levels of violence at the privately-run jail.