Scottish Prison Service
Phone calls made by prisoners to the Samaritans more than doubled in just six months,
Youth justice needs a radical overhaul to stop the system from failing Scottish children by sending them to prison, it has been claimed.
Families of those who have died in custody are being shut out of fatal accident inquiries, though their involvement could improve the outcome, say researchers.
Concerns about prison overcrowding and mentally ill women prisoners, previously raised by an international human rights organisation, have not been fully resolved, new research claims.
Human rights organisations claim young trafficking survivors in Scotland – including Vietnamese children found in cannabis factories – are being criminalised instead of protected.
Criminal justice experts are raising serious concerns about the “de facto solitary confinement” of Scottish prisoners over the last year, with many facing intense levels of isolation.
More than one in four prisoners in Scottish jails are now on remand, due to the impact of covid-19 restrictions on the courts.
The Scottish Prison Service plans to alter its gender identity and reassignment policy for people in custody after a consultation - a move welcomed by campaigners.
Ferret Fact Service looks at media claims about criminal offences linked to Buckfast tonic wine.