Scotland's biggest prison to be replaced by £100m '˜super jail'

Scotland's largest and most notorious prison is set to close down in order to make way for a new £100 million facility, according to the Sunday Mail.

HM Prison Barlinnie. Picture: John Devlin

HMP Barlinnie, situated in the Riddrie area of Glasgow with a capacity of 1,000 inmates, will be put up for sale under plans given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Prison Service has identified three locations for the new prison, two of which lie inside Glasgow and one on the outskirts.

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It will be double the size of Barlinnie and cost around £100 million. Some of the cost will be offset by the sale of the old prison.

A prison source told the Sunday Mail: “This is long overdue. Barlinnie was past its sell-by date many years ago.

“Its conditions are the worst in Scotland and probably the entire UK.

“Barlinnie’s history is dark and violent and it belongs in the past.”