Scottish Prison Service
|Type||Executive agency of the Scottish Government|
|Headquarters||Calton House |
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The Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, currently Teresa Medhurst, is responsible for its administration and reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who is responsible for the Scottish Prison Service within the Scottish Government.
The current Chief Executive is Teresa Medhurst (Acting) and supporting her is the SPS Board consisting of:
- Allister Purdie - Director of Operations (Acting)
- Caroline Johnston - Director of Corporate Services (Acting)
- Sue Brookes - Interim Director of Strategy & Engagement (Acting)
List of establishments
- HMP Addiewell (Privately run by Sodexo)
- HMP Barlinnie
- HMP Castle Huntly (Open prison)
- HMP & YOI Cornton Vale (Young Offenders Institution and Women's Prison)
- HMP Dumfries
- HMP Edinburgh
- HMP Glenochil
- HMP & YOI Grampian (Young Offenders Institution)
- HMP Greenock
- HMP Inverness
- HMP Kilmarnock (Operated by Serco as part of a public-private partnership scheme)
- HMP Low Moss
- HMP Perth
- HMYOI Polmont (Young Offenders Institution)
- HMP Shotts
HMP Addiewell and HMP Kilmarnock are both privately managed under contract to the SPS.
In November 2003 SPS signed a contract on behalf of Scottish Ministers for a "Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service". This contract with Geoamey provides for all prisoner escorting between police cells, court, prisons and hospitals as well as covering escorts from prison such as funerals, hospital appointments and community placements and also operating the court custody units. In 2012, SPS contracted this service out to G4S then onto Geoamey in 2018.
An aftercare scheme, Throughcare, has significantly cut reoffending. The scheme involves getting released prisoners a roof over their heads, sorting out their benefits and medical needs, and showing them that someone cares about them. 78% of former prisoners who received Throughcare did not return to prison over two years. Eleven Scottish prison service sites use Throughcare. "The TSOs [Throughcare Support Officers] use a case management approach, working collaboratively with the prisoner, their family, statutory and third sector service partners, to discuss appropriate support provision and to develop a personalised plan to support the person during their transition from custody back in to the community."
- Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland
- Her Majesty's Prison Service
- List of United Kingdom prisons
- Northern Ireland Prison Service
- Prison categories in the United Kingdom
- Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
- United Kingdom prison population
- Young offender
- "Contact Us". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- "About us". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "About us: Headquarters". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Watchdog finds 'emergency' conditions in Scottish prisons The Guardian
- "The State Hospital". NHS Scotland. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Throughcare prison support scheme 'cuts reoffending' BBC
- Throughcare Support Officers in Scottish Prisons