Judges, sheriffs and victims of crime have to have confidence in community-based punishments for the presumption against short prison sentences to work, the Justice Secretary has said.
Courts must be able to retain the “final sanction” of being able to jail offenders, otherwise non-custodial sentences could be seen as “voluntary” by some, a judge has warned.
A north-east superjail will host an open day this month in an attempt to tackle its staffing crisis.
Prison staff who smuggle drugs into jails or have affairs with inmates will be targeted in a new anti-corruption drive.
Progress has been made at a Scottish prison where serious concerns were raised over its provision of healthcare, according to inspectors.
The UK has the highest prison population in western Europe, a new report has found.
Victims of crime should be allowed to give a personal statement and make requests to be heard at prisoners’ parole hearings, Scottish lawyers have said.
A recruitment crisis at a north-east super jail could be increasing the risk of officers being attacked, it was claimed yesterday.
Dozens of staff and prisoners have been attacked at a north-east super jail over the past seven months, it emerged yesterday.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national who has been imprisoned in Tehran on espionage charges, is preparing to go on hunger strike in protest amid claims she is being denied medical care.
North-east mum launches crowdfunder to help free son ‘languishing’ in Scotland’s psychiatric hospital
A north-east mum has launched a crowdfunder to battle for her son to be released from Scotland's state psychiatric hospital.
A tattooed control freak who targeted his vicious attacks on his partner so that the bruises would be hidden under her clothes and out of sight of her family and friends has been freed after appeal judges overturned his prison sentence.
The man who threw acid over television presenter Katie Piper has been released from prison.
Built in 1888, Peterhead Prison housed some of Scotland's hardest and most violent men for the next 125 years.
Probe launched after prisoner who tried to kill three police officers posts pictures from within jail on Facebook
An investigation has been launched after pictures purportedly taken inside HMP Grampian ended up on Facebook.
Prison bosses have revealed that the super jail in Peterhead is now running at almost full capacity.
Scottish campaigners were yesterday shocked after an attempt to make upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales was unexpectedly blocked.
Prison bosses at the north east’s superjail have “continually failed” the region’s young offenders a leading prisoner support charity has said.
Three men linked to serious organised crime have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years for dealing heroin and cocaine.
A scrap metal dealer has been jailed for swindling the taxman out of more than £200,000.
Prisoners at a north-east superjail will tuck into a three course meal with trimmings to celebrate Christmas behind bars.
A former British soldier who spent four years in an Indian prison has said he feels “betrayed” by the UK Government.
Freed pirate-hunter Billy Irving could be home within a week, his jubilant fiancee said as he was finally released from an Indian prison.
The fiancee of former soldier turned pirate hunter Billy Irving has said she cannot wait to be a family again now he has finally been freed.
From a dream romance that should have lasted forever to the cold hard floor of a jail cell.
The owner of a pet gecko that was shredded in a blender in a “chillingly evil” act has backed calls for much longer prison sentences for animal cruelty crimes.
Two men who blew up cash machines in a spree across the north-east have had their jail sentences slashed.
Cross-party consensus against prison sentences of less than a year is growing, with Scottish Lib Dems and Labour backing alternatives to custody.
Plans have officially been lodged for a new £66million jail at the back of the biggest retail park in Inverness.
A radical design of a proposed new Inverness jail was warmly welcomed yesterday by the few who felt compelled to take a closer look.
Radically redesigned plans for a proposed new £66million jail in Inverness can be revealed for the first time today.
Prison bosses have been accused of locking young offenders out of the north-east and abandoning an entire wing of a £140million superjail.