UK News Scots inmates make own safes to stop prison crooks nicking their stuff

06:45  29 march  2020
06:45  29 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Inmates at a Scottish jail are making safes to stop their belongings getting stolen from cells.

A HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) report for HMP Glenochil in Clackmannanshire has revealed the in-house security scheme.

It details how 750 lock-boxes are needed to stamp out prisoners stealing from each other.

While the report claims the safes are being “purchased”, a Scottish Prison Service spokeswoman has insisted they will be made at the facility’s workshop.

The review also reveals that a batch of new outdoor coats has been ordered because inmates complained there were not enough of a “reasonable quality and variety of size”.

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The spokeswoman said: “Some 750 safes are being manufactured in-house via our engineering worksheds, supporting learning, upskilling and rehabilitation opportunities for those in our care.

“In terms of outdoor jackets, there are sufficient supplies of outdoor clothing to allow those in our care to participate in outdoor exercise in inclement weather. Stocks are replenished when required.”

The lack of kitchen whites was also highlighted as a concern.

The HMIPS report was based on the findings of eight independent prison monitors, 17 visits to Glenochil and 23 prisoner requests between October and December 2019.

A source said: “Prisoners need somewhere to keep personal possessions because theft is a problem, especially where there are two men to a cell.

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“If you share a cell, people want to have somewhere to store letters and other items. There will be law-abiding members of the public who see this as a bit of a luxury for prisoners, many of whom will have made a career out of stealing from others.

“It’s good to know that they’ll be made in-house because budgets for public services are under considerable pressure and you need to justify every penny.”

World’s End killer Angus Sinclair died at Glenochil last year. It has a reputation as one of Scotland’s toughest institutions, with many inmates serving life sentences.

The jail, which has capacity for 670 prisoners, also manages the country’s convicted sex offenders.

Glenochil housed young offenders until 2010 and last week a judge investigating historic child abuse appealed for ex-inmates to contact her if they were exploited.

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