Prison Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 26th August 2010.

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Photo of Lord George Foulkes Lord George Foulkes Labour

Question S3W-35575

To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have sued the Scottish Prison Service since May 2007 and what the outcome has been in each case.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

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

Approximately, 2,036 prisoners have raised proceedings against the SPS in the sheriff courts or Court of Session since May 2007. A prisoner may raise actions in respect of more than one matter, and the total number of actions raised is 2,080. The outcome of those actions can be found in the following table:

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Number dismissed following settlement or otherwise190
Number sisted1,887
Number under offer3

The majority of these actions relate to detention in slopping out conditions.

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