Prison Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th February 2007.

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Photo of Mike Pringle Mike Pringle Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-31499

To ask the Scottish Executive what categories of prisoner are eligible for transfer to open prison and at what point in a sentence prisoners are routinely transferred to an open prison.

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

I have asked Tony Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service to respond. His response is as follows:

Short-term prisoners may be transferred at anytime in their sentence. Long-term prisoners are subject to a minimum period in secure conditions, which varies according to their sentence. No prisoners are routinely transferred to open prisons; such transfer is dependant on an assessment of risk.

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