A petition on the 38Degrees website is calling on the Scottish Government to cancel plans for the proposed large prison for women in Inverclyde. This plan, points out Women for Independence who are advocating on the issue, is against the recommendations of the Commission on Women in Prison, led by Eilish Angiolini, and is being pursued against expert evidence and opinion.
Ministry of Justice figures show a complex picture of a prison service making heroic strides in some areas while struggling to cope with the impact of rising prison numbers and cuts to prison staff and budgets.
Allegations that a mentally ill prisoner in Florida was tortured to death, followed by a cover-up, have focused attention on the US prison system. Inmates and staff at Dade Correctional Institution in Miami have claimed that abuse was common.