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Prison visits – the impact of recent Scottish Government announcement

6 January 2021 This continues to be a challenging time for everyone living and working in prisons with the necessary regime restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. At this time, the SPS have been advised that court business is continuing as normal, as are Parole Tribunals. They are also […]


SPS review of family visit arrangements

17 December 2020 The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) recognises that this is a difficult time for those in their care as well as their families and friends and they are anxious to do all we can to allow family contact.  As such, virtual visits remain available in every establishment. The SPS have reviewed their family […]


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 […]


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 […]


#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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