Female prison policy (Scotland) criticised

BBC News Channel (UK) – Tues 5 May, 2009

The committee is investigating the treatment of female prisoners

The committee is investigating the treatment of female prisoners

Scotland’s chief prisons inspector has hit out at the policy of having just one female-only prison.

Dr Andrew McLellan told MSPs it was a major factor in overcrowding at Cornton Vale Prison and meant many women being far away from their families.

The Scottish Prison Service admitted the regime at the prison, near Stirling, had slipped amid population increases and pressure on staff time. . .

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