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Get a grip of prison overcrowding

November 22, 2011 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

As the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill visits Barlinnie prison, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has told him to get a grip of overcrowding in Scotland's prisons.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPLast week Mrs McInnes revealed that violence in prisons is fuelled by overcrowding.

Commenting on Mr MacAskill's photo-op, Mrs McInnes said:

"The Justice Secretary would have seen clearly today how terrible the conditions are at Barlinnie prison. Overcrowding in Scotland's jails is getting worse and the Justice Secretary has shown nothing but complacency in dealing with it.

"The question remains as to how Kenny MacAskill is going to address this chronic and growing problem.

"The Justice Secretary dodged addressing the severe problems at Cornton Vale prison saying that it was an operational problem when it got a second damming report in a year. The Justice Secretary needs to realise that he cannot just keep shifting blame and responsibility.

"Scottish Liberal Democrat research showed last week that a staggering amount of violence takers place in the prison estate in Scotland very much exacerbated by mass overcrowding.

"The Justice Secretary needs to get a grip of Scotland's prisons, sort out overcrowding and stamp out the violence which stems from it."