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Scottish Prison Service

Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9HW

Minister responsible
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Executive Agency of the Scottish Government executive
Colin McConnell, Chief Executive

Brightons, Falkirk FK2 0AD, UK


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The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) (Scottish Gaelic: Seirbheis nam Prìosan Albannach) is an executive agency of the Scottish Government tasked with managing prisons and Young Offender Institutions.


The Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, currently Colin McConnell, is responsible for its administration and reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who is responsible for the Scottish Prison Service within the Scottish Government.

There are fifteen prison establishments in the country, two of which are privately managed. The SPS employs over 4,000 staff, with its headquarters in Calton House, located in South Gyle, Edinburgh.

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Key personnel

The current Chief Executive is Colin McConnell and supporting him is the SPS Board consisting of:

  • Catherine Topley - Director of Corporate Services
  • Eric Murch - Director of Operations
  • Teresa Medhurst - Interim Director of Strategy & Innovation
  • Michael Stoney - Interim Director of Operations
  • Fraser Munro - Interim Director of Operational Delivery
  • List of establishments

  • HMP Addiewell
  • HMP Barlinnie
  • HMP Castle Huntly (Open prison)
  • HMP & YOI Cornton Vale (Young Offenders Institution and Women's Prison)
  • HMP Dumfries
  • HMP Edinburgh
  • HMP Glenochil
  • HMP Grampian
  • HMP Greenock
  • HMP Inverness
  • HMP Kilmarnock (Operated by Serco as part of a public-private partnership scheme)
  • HMP Low Moss
  • HMP Perth
  • HMYOI Polmont (Young Offenders Institution)
  • HMP Shotts
  • HMP Addiewell and HMP Kilmarnock are both privately managed under contract to the SPS.

    Prisoner escorting

    In November 2003 SPS signed a contract on behalf of Scottish Ministers for a "Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service". This contract with Reliance Custodial Services provides for all prisoner escorting between police cells, court, prisons and hospitals as well as covering escorts from prison such as funerals, hospital appointments and community placements. In 2012, SPS contracted this service out to G4S.

    Secure hospital

    Some prisoners are detained in a secure psychiatric hospital. This is run by the Scottish National Health Service rather than the SPS.

  • State Hospital, Carstairs, South Lanarkshire
  • References

    Scottish Prison Service Wikipedia

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