Drug use in prisons is now “widespread”, an official report has warned.
Ministers should consider abolishing prison sentences of under a year to help ease the “enduring” safety crisis behind bars, according to a Commons report.
The funding of mental health care for Scotland’s prisoners must be increased after the number of self-harm incidents “skyrocketed”, an MSP has said.
Serial killer and rapist Angus Sinclair, who was convicted of the notorious World’s End murders in Scotland, has died in prison aged 73.
Concerned residents have gathered to protest against plans to build a 1,400-capacity jail near their homes, amid concerns the facility would turn their community into a “mega prison village”.
A crisis-hit prison has been locked down for a “pre-planned intelligence-led search”, authorities said.
More than 1,400 prisoners in Scotland have had to share a single cell with another inmate, according to the Justice Secretary.
The prisons minister has declared he is “pretty confident” he will keep his job after pledging to resign if a safety drive fails.
Violence and self-harm in prisons are “unacceptably high”, the Justice Secretary has admitted, after official figures revealed both have surged again to reach new record levels.
The number of prisoners caught taking drugs in jail has hit a seven-year high.
A pair of predatory paedophiles who murdered a woman yesterday launched a human rights challenge in a bid to see each other in prison as they serve their life sentences.
The north east "super jail" has been left half empty due to safety concerns for staff and young offenders following a rampage at the facility earlier this year.