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UK NewsScots prisons on the brink amid overcrowding and prisoner violence

19:00  12 september  2019
19:00  12 september  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

Scots prisons on the brink amid overcrowding and prisoner violence

Scots prisons on the brink amid overcrowding and prisoner violence Scotland's prisons are close to breaking point with overcrowding and rising assaults on staff by inmates posing a threat to "operational safety" a damning report by the public spending watchdog has found. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Stress-related sick rates among prison officers have soared in recent years and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) was only able to maintain operations because staff worked increased hours, the Audit Scotland report finds. READ MORE: Prison chief’s warning as Scots inmate numbers hit record high The service's budget also reduced by 12.

Prison overcrowding is a social phenomenon occurring when the demand for space in prisons in a jurisdiction exceeds the capacity for prisoners . The prison system started in Europe in the 16th Century. The main focus for imprisonment at this time was for temporary holding before trials.

Prison overcrowding is one of the key contributing factors to poor prison conditions around the world. Overcrowding can be so severe that prisoners sleep in shifts, on top of each other, share beds or tie themselves to window bars so that they can sleep while standing.

Scotland's prisons are close to breaking point with overcrowding and rising assaults on staff by inmates posing a threat to "operational safety" a damning report by the public spending watchdog has found.

Scots prisons on the brink amid overcrowding and prisoner violence © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Stress-related sick rates among prison officers have soared in recent years and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) was only able to maintain operations because staff worked increased hours, the Audit Scotland report finds.

Read more: Prison chief’s warning as Scots inmate numbers hit record highThe service's budget also reduced by 12.5 per cent between 2014/15 and 2018/19, from £394.7 million to £345.2 million, while its costs are rising.

Man charged in connection with deaths of Scots mum and son who vanished 42 years ago

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Prisoner numbers are expected to rise by thousands over the next five years, according to estimates released amid warnings of a crisis in “That can start with delivering on the promise of fewer short sentences, but it must also include a review of long sentences for more serious crime,” Dawson said.

The UK's prisons are overcrowded , understaffed, and underfunded. And everyone from an ex-con "Things are dangerously close to breakdown because of overcrowding and prisoners being locked The explosion of violence claimed the life of one inmate, a sex offender, and a prison officer who

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland said: "Scotland's prisons are running well over operating capacity.

"The Scottish Prison Service faces a combination of severe pressures on many fronts; this poses a threat to operational safety, effectiveness and financial sustainability."

Prisoner numbers increased by nearly nine per cent last year to 8,212, more than 300 above design capacity, and are set to rise further.

Financial pressures are compromising efforts to prepare and support prisoners for life outside prison.

Read more: Spending review of 'under pressure' Scottish prisons launched by MSPsThere has also been a massive rise in assaults by prisoners against staff and other inmates, up from 2408 two years ago to 3549 last year.

Six Glasgow marches banned amid fears of sectarian violence

Six Glasgow marches banned amid fears of sectarian violence Six marches through Glasgow have been banned over fears for public safety after sectarian violence. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The city's Public Processions Committee ordered the prohibition of the parades - due to take place at the weekend - on Wednesday. Recent weeks have seen "unacceptable" disorder breaking out in connection with a number of marches and counter-protests. A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: "The council has always been clear that the law expects it to facilitate public processions; including those that some people oppose or find offensive.

Prisoner Rights - Prison Problems. Prison overcrowding is the situation of having more prisoners in the Prison Overcrowding – Negative Effects on Prison Inmates. Problems and sufferings of jail Competition among inmates for limited resources also results in violence , aggression and frustration.

Prison overcrowding poses not only great risk to inmates, but also increased risk to the correctional officers who work in overcrowded prisons . Much is written in the media about how overcrowding affects the prison inmate population; however, frequently, the plight of the officers is underreported.

Stress-related sickness among staff rose by nearly one third in 2018/19, and additional payments to staff working longer hours increased by 65 per cent to £4.25 million.

The report warns: "Delays in upgrading the prison estate means that existing prisons are less able to provide a modern prison service and are at greater risk of failure."

MSPs recently backed a move to introduce a presumption against 12 month prison sentences or less for lesser offences as part of drive to reduce the prisons population.

But Tory justice spokesman Liam Kerr insisted the report "lays bare just how badly the SNP government has mishandled the prisons system over more than a decade."

He added: “Ministers’ failure to plan properly has led to a crisis in finances, prisoners not being rehabilitated properly and an increase in assaults.

“The SNP might shrug its shoulders and say prisons are overcrowded, and therefore a soft-touch agenda must be enacted.

“That’s not good enough. The SNP’s failure to provide sufficient jail capacity should not lead to Scotland’s communities being flooded with dangerous criminals who’ve been released early, or dodged prison altogether.”

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “As successive independent inspection reports have highlighted, prison officers do a good job in increasingly complex and challenging situations and no-one should ever take for granted the good order that is maintained in Scotland’s prisons. We are committed to modernising and improving Scotland’s prison estate, with current infrastructure priorities being the development of the female estate and replacements for HMP Barlinnie and HMP Highland.”

Spending 'grotesquely skewed' to car use as Scots driving alone soars.
Significantly more Scots are driving alone amid rising car ownership levels and falling spending on fuel, the official Scottish Household Survey (SHS) revealed today. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Two in three cars on Scotland's roads (66 per cent) had just the driver aboard last year compared to 56 per cent two decades ago. The rise came as the proportion of homes with cars increased from 63 to 71 per cent since 1999. At the same time, spending on fuel has fallen, reflecting a reduction in the cost of motoring.

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