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Scottish government scraps plan for £60m all-female Greenock jail

January 26 2015

Scottish government scraps plan for £60m all-female Greenock jail
HLM architects have suffered a blow after the Scottish government pulled the plug on plans for an all-female prison in Greenock in favour of smaller regional and community-based custodial facilities.

Outline plans drawn up by the practice for HMP Inverclyde will now be scrapped pending a review conducted by Dame Eilish Angiolini QC into the specific needs of female inmates.

Scottish justice secretary Michael Matheson said: “I’ve decided that the current plans for a prison for women in Inverclyde should not go ahead. It does not fit with my vision of how a modern and progressive country should be addressing female offending.

“When it comes to the justice system, we must be smarter with the choices we make and be more sophisticated in the way in which we deal with female offenders.

“I believe we should be investing in smaller regional and community-based custodial facilities across the country, rather than a large new prison for women.”


#1 Posted by james on 26 Jan 2015 at 13:36 PM
The right decision. Families not accountants.
#2 Posted by Hen on 6 Feb 2015 at 11:11 AM
Best decision on a grim project. Better use of money in more humane community centred approach to women in custody will benefit families.

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