Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons in Scotland, Mr David Strang, issued the organisations annual report last week. We were particularly taken with the conclusion from his introduction to the report: –
The vast majority of those currently detained in prison will return to the community in which they lived before they were imprisoned. For some, this will be in a short time; for others it may be in several years’ time. Many will be described in terms of the challenges and problems they have faced – broken
relationships, substance misuse and addictions, mental health problems, unemployment, lack of educational achievement, offending background and
harm they have caused to others.
But all are human beings with potential; people capable of change and growth. The challenge for society and for the prison service is to identify that potential and to prepare them for responsible citizenship after their sentence is served.”
The report also presents a summary of the inspections that were carried out at HMP Low Moss; HMP Barlinnie; HMP Edinburgh; HMP Inverness and HMYOI Polmont. It also includes a review of thepast year as well as the business plan for the forthcoming year.
The report is available from the Scottish Government website.