Scottish Prison Service

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The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) (Scottish Gaelic: Seirbheisean nam prìosan Albanach, Scots: Scots Preeson Sarvice) is an executive agency of the Scottish Government tasked with managing prisons in Scotland. The SPS administers Her Majesty's Prisons in addition to Her Majesty's Young Offender Institutions, the latter being for persons detained who are under the age of 21 years.

Logo of the Scottish Prison Service

The service's headquarters is located in South Gyle, Edinburgh.[1]

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice is responsible for the Scottish Prison Service within the Scottish Government.

Key personnel[edit]

The current Chief Executive is Colin McConnell and supporting him is the SPS Board consisting of:

  • Catherine Topley - Human Resources
  • Jane Richardson - Partnerships and Commissioning
  • Dan Gunn - Operations
  • Eric Murch - Strategy and Corporate Planning
  • Willie Pretswell - Finance and Business Services
  • Allan Burns, Jane Martin, Susan Matheson, Harry McGuigan and Zoe Van Zwanenberg function as non-executive Directors.

List of establishments[edit]

Other responsibilities[edit]

Prisoner escorting[edit]

In November 2003 SPS signed a contract on behalf of Scottish Ministers for a "Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service". This contract with Reliance Custodial Services provides for all prisoner escorting between police offices, court, prisons and hospitals as well as covering escorts from prison such as funerals, hospital appointments and community placements. In 2012, SPS contracted this service out to G4S.

Secure hospital[edit]

Some prisoners are detained in a secure mental hospital. This is run by the Scottish National Health Service rather than the SPS.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Headquarters." Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved on 30 May 2010.

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