I have asked John Ewing, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:
The Scottish Prison Service shares information with community-based social work and police colleagues in relation to throughcare and risk management upon a prisoner’s release. The Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Act 2005 describes in particular joint arrangements for the management of high risk sex offenders. Section 10 and 11 of this act describes the arrangements for assessing and managing risks posed by certain offenders. These are known as Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements. (MAPPA). There is however, no statute stating who must be informed of a prisoner’s release.