HMYOI Polmont

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HMP Polmont
Location Reddingmuirhead, Falkirk
Status Operational
Security class Young Offenders Institution
Capacity 712 (February 2009)
Managed by Scottish Prison Service
Governor Sue Brookes

Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Polmont is the largest of its kind in Scotland. Despite its name, the institution is located in Reddingmuirhead in the Falkirk region, and not in Polmont.

HMP Polmont first opened as a Borstal in 1911 in the buildings of the former Blairlodge Academy. The Academy had been forced to close in 1908 due to financial difficulties and subsequent outbreak of an infectious disease, and the Prison Commissioners bought the site in 1911.[1]

It is designed to hold up to 830 inmates between the ages of 16 and 21, although there have been several reports and complaints about the literal figures.[2] Reports of living conditions have also been criticized, including an alleged lack of food for inmates and the practice of slopping out.[3] Notable inmates include Luke Mitchell and Chris Cunningham, star of BBC Scotland's The Scheme


  1. ^ "HMYOI Polmont". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  2. ^ "'Concern' over child jail numbers". BBC News. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Slopping out continues at Polmont". Scottish Government. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 

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Coordinates: 55°59′1″N 3°43′50″W / 55.98361°N 3.73056°W / 55.98361; -3.73056