Scottish Prison Service

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Scottish Prison Service
Seirbheisean nam prìosan Albanach
Executive Agency of the Scottish Government overview
Formed 1993
Jurisdiction Scotland
Headquarters Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9HW
Employees 4,000
Minister responsible
Executive Agency of the Scottish Government executive
  • Colin McConnell, Chief Executive
Website sps.gov.uk

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 and Young Offender Institutions in Scotland.

Logo of the Scottish Prison Service

The Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, currently Colin McConnell, is responsible for its administration and reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who is responsible for the Scottish Prison Service within the Scottish Government.

Employing over 4,000 staff, the SPS has its headquarters in Calton House, located in South Gyle, Edinburgh.[1]

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]

References[edit]

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

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