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McArthur: New report highlights pressure cooker prisons

August 22, 2019 1:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the HMIPS annual report 2018-19 which warns of severe capacity issues in Scotland's prisons, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have been warning for some time that Scotland's prisons are in a state of emergency. Some prisons are housing up to 500 people more than they were built for. We know that self-harm, suicide, and assaults within prison walls are on all on a terrifying trajectory.

"Staff are working in pressure cooker conditions and its undoing critical work, causing the cancellation of rehabilitation services which avoid people coming back to prison before you know it.

"In the face of this crisis Scottish Liberal Democrats have submitted bold proposals designed to boost rehabilitation and make community sentences more robust. Justice can be tough without being fundamentally unsafe."