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Disgraceful, unacceptable, harrowing – Cornton Vale women’s prison is damned again

SCOTLAND’s chief inspector of prisons has described conditions at the country’s only women’s prison as “unsatisfactory” as he agreed that the jail should be closed within five to six years.


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Prison should not be used routinely for short-term sentences - Kenny MacAskill

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has said prisons should not be “routinely used for short-term prisoners”.


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Thousands more Scots to be jailed by 2020

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.

Nick Clegg vows to put prisoners to work

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 prison to be shut down

NORANSIDE open prison in Angus will be closed by October, according to officials.

Pair join effort to cut women prisoner tally

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.

Conditions worsening at Cornton Vale women's prison - report

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.

Former Lord Advocate signs up to help turn tide of female offending

AFTER a career spent pursuing criminals, Dame Elish Angiolini has been given the task of preventing women from offending.

One year ago, Cornton Vale was appalling. Now it's worse

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.

Former Barlinnie chaplain is new moderator

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.

Criminals pocket £8m of taxpayers' cash for 'indignity' of slopping out

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.

Rapists win compensation for emptying chemical toilet

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.

Man absconds from Castle Huntly open prison while on home leave

A PRISONER has gone on the run from Castle Huntly open prison in Dundee after being released for home leave.

Prison visitors to face drug searches

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.

Prisoners may be cleaning up their act in new scheme

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 loses out on prisoner contract

RELIANCE has suffered a major blow after losing the contract for providing court custody and prisoner transport to rival security firm G4S

Justice debate: More prisons needed if all knife criminals jailed - MacAskill

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.

Number of women jailed in Scotland doubles over past decade

THE number of women given prison sentences in Scotland has almost doubled in the past ten years, according to a report released today.

Go-ahead for super-prison

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.

Inspector slams private jail over high levels of violence

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.

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