HM Prison Aberdeen

HM Prison Aberdeen (formerly known as Craiginches) was a medium-security prison, located in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. The prison was managed by the Scottish Prison Service. Known as one of the most overcrowded prisons in Scotland, it had a design capacity of 155 and was contracted to hold up to 230 prisoners. However, on the first day of an inspection in January 2009 it held 264 prisoners. In 2014, it was closed in favour of the new HMP Grampian.

HMP Aberdeen
LocationAberdeen, Scotland
Security classAdult Male/Medium-security
Capacity220 (January 2009)
Closed11 January 2014
Managed byScottish Prison Service
GovernorAudrey Mooney

In its latter years it saw an increase in inmates from outside the Grampian Sheriffdom, mainly from Wolverhampton and London. The diverse population led to many internal feuds and disputes. It ran exceptional drug rehabilitation programmes and was a pioneer for drug projects such as drug use kits etc. The management also wished to pilot a needle exchange programme. In August 2007 Aberdeen Prison was chosen to pilot a new initiative called the Substance Related Offending Behaviour Program (SROBP) piloted by Officers Graeme Robson and Allan Dewar which looked at prisoners finding the relationship between their substance use and their offending behaviour. This programme has been very successful in reducing rates of recidivism. Aberdeen Prison was also recognised for its investment in in-house Bereavement Counseling services facilitated by Graeme Robson and Wayne Lawson. On 4 June 2008, it was announced that HMP Aberdeen and HMP Peterhead would be merged into a "Super Prison" and a new state of the art prison built on the Peterhead site.

A new tranche of managers were recruited identifying key skills such as prisoner management, problem solving, project management and compliance. Initially identified was Graeme Robson who is now a Residential Compliance Manager. The "Super-Jail" will accommodate approx 500 places and the new prison will be known as HMP Grampian. Aberdeen Prison which served predominantly Aberdeen city and its environs has been closed to be replaced by HMP & YOI Grampian, a prison located in Peterhead which has been described as a "community facing Prison". However 70% of Grampian's populace will be from Aberdeen city.

Henry John Burnett, the last man to be executed in Scotland, was hanged inside the prison on 15 August 1963.