Scottish Prison Service
What is the policy for trans people in prisons in the UK?
Ferret Fact service looks at the controversy around a trans woman convicted of rape being held in a women's prison.
Distressed prisoners made 13,000 calls to Samaritans in six months
Phone calls made by prisoners to the Samaritans more than doubled in just six months,
Youth justice system needs ‘radical reform’ to stop children being sent to prison
Youth justice needs a radical overhaul to stop the system from failing Scottish children by sending them to prison, it has been claimed.
Families ‘shut out’ of fatal accident inquiries after deaths in custody
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.
Overcrowding and mental distress: Scottish Government urged to address prison concerns
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.
Trafficked: concerns over criminalisation of young Vietnamese found in cannabis factories
Human rights organisations claim young trafficking survivors in Scotland – including Vietnamese children found in cannabis factories – are being criminalised instead of protected.
Continued prison lockdowns are ‘de facto solitary confinement’
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 now on remand due to covid-19 court backlog
More than one in four prisoners in Scottish jails are now on remand, due to the impact of covid-19 restrictions on the courts.
Scots prisons to consult on changes to transgender policy
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.