Prison Rules and Directions

The Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (SCOTLAND) Rules 2011

Until recently, the rules for managing Scotland’s prisons had not been comprehensively reviewed since 1994. A consolidation of the Rules took place in 2006 to incorporate a number of amendments that had been made between 1994 and 2006.

Following a full consultation process, the new Prison Rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and can now be accessed here Prison Rules.
Various amendments can be made to the rules by means of Statutory Instruments.  These can be found below:

Scottish Statutory Instruments 2011

Scottish Statutory Instruments 2012

Scottish Statutory Instruments 2016

The following information has been developed to assist in explaining the Rules. 

Questions & Answers

Directions

 1) Scottish Prison Rules (Supervision Levels) Direction 2011

 2) Scottish Prison Rules (Special Security Measures) Direction 2011

 3) Scottish Prison Rules (Smoking) Direction 2014

 4) Scottish Prison Rules (Storage of Property) Direction 2016

 5) Scottish Prison Rules (Correspondence) Direction 2012

 6) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones) Direction 2011

 7) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMYOI Polmont) Direction 2011

 8) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Perth) Direction 2011

 9) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Open Estate) Direction 2011

10) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Inverness) Direction 2011

11) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Kilmarnock) Direction 2011

12) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Glenochil) Direction 2011

13) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Edinburgh) Direction 2011

14) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Dumfries) Direction 2011

15) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Barlinnie) Direction 2011

16) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP & YOI Cornton Vale) Direction 2011

17) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Addiewell) Direction 2015

18) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Shotts) (No.2) Direction 2012

19) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Low Moss) Direction 2012

20) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Greenock) Direction 2014

21) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - HMP Grampian) Direction 2014

22) Scottish Prison Rules (Restrictions on Visits) Direction 2011

23) Scottish Prison Rules (Religious Observance) Direction 2017

24) Scottish Prison Rules (Work Placements) Direction 2011

25) Scottish Prison Rules (Special Escorted Leave) Direction 2016

26) Scottish Prison Rules (Escorted Day Absence) Direction 2011

27) Scottish Prison Rules (Cellular Confinement) Direction 2011

28) Scottish Prison Rules (Disciplinary Appeals) (No.2) Direction 2013

29) Scottish Prison Rules (Complaints) Direction 2013

30) Scottish Prison Rules (Temporary Release) Direction 2017

31) Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 (Committal of Prisoners) Direction 2014

32) Scottish Prison Rules (Telephones - Revocation) Direction 2011

33) Extradition to United Kingdom to Serve Sentence in United Kingdom (Credit for Time in Custody Awaiting Extradition) Direction 2013