Praise for Perth Prison Visitors’ Centre
Scotland’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Brigadier Hugh Monro, recently visited Perth Prison Visitors’ Centre run by Crossreach.
Since his visit, the Chief Inspector has made clear that he feels that the most important part of a prisoner’s time in prison is how their family links in to them. Currently, he has concerns about the quality of family contact for prisoners in Scotland – something he would like to see improved.
Families Outside believes that more than the three current prison visitors centres should be in place. The Chief Inspector is unequivocal about his praise for the Crossreach run Perth Prison Visitors’ Centre as well as his belief that every prison should have a visitors’ centre. The fact that prisoners’ families often use one or more forms of public transport to get to a prison can make the time they arrive at the prison difficult to plan. Prison visitors’ centres provide somewhere for families to go, to get warm and comfortable and to talk to someone who can help and support them.
Perth Prison Visitors’ Centre has recently been hailed by Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill. The centre also recently received funding thanks to the work of Church of Scotland Guild members across Scotland.