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Deaths in Custody Review

Deaths in Custody Review

In November 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousef announced that he had asked HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (HMCIPS), Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, in accordance with section 7(2)(d) of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989, to undertake an independent review into the responses to deaths in prison custody. The Review was instructed to enable […]

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Q&A on the resumption of physical prison visits

Q&A on the resumption of physical prison visits

Following on from the recent inception of virtual visits at prison establishments throughout Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service have produced a Q&A fact sheet which answers questions about the resumption of physical visits. To read the document, please click here.

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Virtual Visits - A Family Sees Their Loved One for the First Time in 15 Weeks

Virtual Visits – A Family Sees Their Loved One for the First Time in 15 Weeks

This week as part of the launch of the new Scottish Prison Service (SPS) virtual visits scheme one of the families we support had the opportunity to see their family member for the first time in 15 weeks. Virtual Visits are an SPS facilitated scheme, which lets prisoners see their children and families using video […]

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#NoAddressInThePress – Parliamentary Petition lodged

#NoAddressInThePress – Parliamentary Petition lodged

#NoAddressInThePress – Parliamentary Petition lodged Families Outside is currently campaigning to end the practice of printing the address of somebody who has been sentenced in Court. At the last meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Families affected by Imprisonment a presentation was delivered on the campaign. At this meeting the Cabinet Secretary […]

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Short Sentences Fracture Families

Short Sentences Fracture Families

Short Sentences Fracture Families Families Outside, the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support families affected by imprisonment, believes more work needs to be done to end short sentences in Scotland. It comes after monitoring data for the Presumption Against Short Sentences (PASS), released by the Scottish Government,  showed the number of […]

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