Edinburgh Prison is located in the west of Edinburgh on the main A71, in an area now known as Stenhouse, and, although never named as such, has been popularly known as "Saughton Prison" from the old name for the general area. The prison is situated on the edge of a predominantly residential area and has good transport and road links to the city centre, which provides good access both for local courts and visitors to the prison. The building of the prison started on 31 July 1914 with the first prisoner being received in 1919. The prison currently consists of four halls; Glenesk, Hermiston, Ingliston and Ratho.
Edinburgh receives prisoners from the courts in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. The prison holds adult male and under-21 prisoners who are on remand and also convicted prisoners serving under four years. The prison also holds a female population in its Ratho hall. Long-term prisoners and Young Offenders when sentenced are held at Edinburgh awaiting transfer to their prison of allocation. Edinburgh also provides a national facility for prisoners at the pre-release stage of their sentence.
Healthcare is currently provided through prison service employed nursing staff. A GP service is provided through Medacs; also providing an on call service. Lloyds Pharmacy currently supplies medication through daily deliveries (Mon-Sat). As of 1 November prison healthcare in all SPS prisons will be provided by the NHS.
Kenny Richey - Served 21 years on death row, and spent 6 months at HMP Edinburgh before being found not guilty of Serious Assault to permanent disfigurement and was released on 8 March 2009.
Imran Shahid - Ringleader of a Pakistani gang, guilty of the abduction and racially motivated murder of Kriss Donald, a 15 year old boy from Glasgow. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 25 years.
Jamie Bain - who killed boxer Alex Mckinnon in a pub in Edinburgh with a shotgun, he received a life sentence with a minimum term of 25 years in 2007.
Robert Bayne - Murderer of Zoe Nelson, serving a minimum of 20 years.
Stephen Gough - A naked rambler repeatedly imprisoned for public nudity.