Scottish Prison Service News http://www.sps.gov.uk The latest news from the Scottish Prison Service Copyright (c) 2011 Scottish Prison Service en 1440 admin@sps.gov.uk.com Chief Executive Awards Ceremony for SPS Staff http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5524.aspx A number of staff from SPS establishments throughout Scotland were presented with Chief Executive awards at a ceremony last week.

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5518.aspx A prisoner has been found dead at HMYOI Polmont

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Chief Executive Awards Ceremony for HMP Edinburgh Staff http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5515.aspx A number of staff from HMP Edinburgh were presented with Chief Executive awards at a ceremony last week.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5511.aspx A prisoner has died at HMP Dumfries

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5502.aspx A prisoner has died at HMP Glenochil.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5495.aspx An offender passed away at HMP Castle Huntly on September, 14th 2014.

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Prisoner Abscond http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5492.aspx Alexander Woodside (DOB 21/3/77) absconded yesterday whilst on an external work placement from HMP Barlinnie.

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Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMYOI Polmont mark the Centenary of the Great War http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5476.aspx On Monday 4th August invited guests, staff and young offenders held a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the Great War

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5472.aspx An offender from HMP Glenochil passed away on July 14th 2014 at Alloa Community Hospital.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5473.aspx An offender passed away at HMP Kilmarnock on July, 22nd 2014.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5441.aspx An offender passed away at HMYOI Polmont on Monday, July 14th 2014.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5443.aspx An offender from HMP Low Moss passed away on July, 15th 2014.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Cornton Vale Launches Anti-Violence Campaign http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5420.aspx Yesterday HMP YOI Cornton Vale launched a new campaign targeted at tackling anti-social behaviour.

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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Greenock Adopts a Station http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5421.aspx Today HMP Greenock celebrated their adoption of Greenock Central Station. 

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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Castle Huntly Hosts Football Fans in Training http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5408.aspx HMP Castle Huntly has recently hosted a course to encourage football fans to get in shape. 

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OBE Award for Kate Donegan http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5398.aspx A member of SPS staff has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.  Kate Donegan, Project Executive for the SPS Women’s Offenders Project, is to be awarded the Order of the British Empire.

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Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Cornton Vale Sells Goods for Charity http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5371.aspx On Friday 13 June 2014 HMP YOI Cornton Vale hosted a sale of works.  The event saw the prison sell goods produced by offenders, with all the proceeds going to three worthy causes.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Young Offenders Perform “Home: a Philosophy” http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5368.aspx HMYOI Polmont's drama will address the issues surrounding the incarceration of young offenders and their journey of self-discovery as they approach release.

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5369.aspx An offender passed away at HMP Barlinnie on Monday, June 9th 2014.

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Edinburgh Walks for Breast Cancer http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5360.aspx On Friday 6 June prisoners at HMP Edinburgh will walk for breast cancer.  Pacing 6.5 miles around HMP Edinburgh’s exercise yard, the women aim to raise money and awareness of breast cancer.

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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
SPS Welcomes Supported Businesses to HMP Castle Huntly http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5357.aspx Today HMP Castle Huntly hosted the Supported Businesses Open Day. 

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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT
SPS Welcomes Head Teachers to HMP Greenock http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5305.aspx On Wednesday 21 May 2014 HMP Greenock was host to Head Teachers from across Inverclyde.

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Mon, 26 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Edinburgh takes the Six Book Challenge http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5270.aspx Offenders in HMP Edinburgh yesterday (21.05.2014) took part in the Six Book Challenge inviting them to pick six reads and complete a reading diary in order to receive a completer’s certificate.

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Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Scottish Prison Service welcomes partners to Throughcare Support Conference http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5268.aspx Today the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) will welcome partners from across the public and third sectors to Inverness to discuss and share information regarding Throughcare Support for ex-offenders throughout the Highlands and Islands region. 

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Fri, 16 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Incident at HMP Grampian concluded http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5266.aspx Incident at HMP Grampian concluded following staff intervention

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Wed, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Grampian http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5267.aspx Updated information on the concluded incident at HMP Grampian @ 15.20

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Wed, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5256.aspx An offender passed away at HMP Grampian on Friday, May 2nd 2014.

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Tue, 06 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT
This is a page http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/abc2.aspx A project has been underway for some time looking at the wider benefits from video conferencing and how SPS could best use this.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5250.aspx A prisoner passed away at HMP Edinburgh on Wednesday, April 16th 2014.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Greenock staff and prisoners step out to support community projects http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-5247.aspx PRISONERS and staff at HMP Greenock have been supporting the community in recent weeks with a variety of initiatives - including transforming the premises of a local autism charity.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Prison teams up with local football club to help those in custody achieve new goals http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/MoreChancesMoreChoices_HMPDumfries.aspx HMP Dumfries has joined forces with Annan Athletic Football Club to launch a new initiative which uses the positive power of football to prepare short-term prisoners for release.

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Prison recycling project puts down roots in Garden County http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Tools_Shed_project_launches_DunbarGC.aspx Green-fingered East Lothian residents are invited to spring clean their sheds and bring old, broken or unwanted garden tools to Dunbar Garden Centre as part of a recycling project involving women in HMP Edinburgh. 

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Charities benefit from family day in HMP Edinburgh's visitor centre http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Inside_Out_Open_Day_HMPEdinburgh.aspx AN OPEN day for families to showcase the varied activities available to those in custody in HMP Edinburgh also boosted funds for three charities this week.

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/DeathInCustody_HMPEdinburghMar2014.aspx A prisoner from HMP Edinburgh passed away on March 30th 2014 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_in_Custody_HMP_Edinburgh_Mar2014.aspx A prisoner from HMP Edinburgh passed away on March 29th 2014 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Dumfries exhibition captures the community's attention http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Captive_Art_Exhibition_Dumfries.aspx A GROUP of men in custody at HMP Dumfries staged a three-day art exhibition of artwork with support from New College Lanarkshire and the Koestler Trust.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Justice Secretary celebrates SPS staff at awards ceremony http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Meritorious_awards_2014.aspx The bravery and professionalism of Scottish Prison Service staff was recognised by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in an awards ceremony at Edinburgh Castle.

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Prison sentences for trio snared by operation at HMP Edinburgh http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Three_convicted_for_smuggling_drugs_HMP_Edinburgh.aspx A JOINT operation between the Scottish Prison Service and Police Scotland has seen three men given lengthy prison sentences after being found guilty of smuggling controlled drugs and mobile phones into HMP Edinburgh.

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Holocaust survivors share experiences with Low Moss students http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Holocaust_Educational_Trust_.aspx HISTORY students in HMP Low Moss's learning centre heard powerful testimonies from two Holocaust survivors who attended the prison yesterday (Thursday).

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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Policy launch sets out commitment to transgender equality http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/GenderIdentityAndGenderReassignmentPolicyLaunch.aspx THE Scottish Prison Service has successfully launched a comprehensive new policy designed to protect the needs of transgender people in custody.

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_HMPEdinburgh.aspx A prisoner passed away at HMP Edinburgh on Tuesday, March 11th 2014.

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Women in custody use art to inspire change for International Women's Day http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/CVExhibitionMarksInternationalWomensDAY.aspx Women in HMP & YOI Cornton Vale held their own International Women's Day celebrations by unveiling the results of an inspiring art and poetry project they hope will encourage other prisoners to engage in education.

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Justice Minister's prison visit announces sites for mobile phone blocking pilot http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/SPSMobilePhoneBlockingPilotSitesAnnounced.aspx The Justice Minister has announced the introduction of crucial legislation that will see mobile phone blocking technology go live in Scottish prisons within weeks.

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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Children's Minister unveils new families area at HMP Barlinnie http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/NewChildrensVisitsArea@Barlinnie.aspx A NEWLY refurbished visits area for prisoners' children has been officially opened in HMP Barlinnie by Scotland's Children's Minister.

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Unique poultry project is egg-cellent addition to Capital prison http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Edinburgh_unveils_The_Henitentiary.aspx AN UNIQUE idea hatched by a prison officer at HMP Edinburgh has delivered a one-of-a-kind learning and training opportunity for women at the establishment.]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Polmont documentary shows different side to young people in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Fixers_charity_produces_Polmont_documentary.aspx A group of young people in Polmont Young Offenders Institution stepped in front of the cameras to challenge negative stereotypes and show potential employers how they are turning their lives around.

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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Inverness gallery unveils prisoners’ artwork in exciting new exhibition http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Inverness_prisoners_artwork_unveiled.aspx A COLLECTION of artwork by prisoners in Inverness - including pieces inspired by a group of renowned 19th century Scottish artists - is being showcased in a town centre gallery.

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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pioneering new service keeps prisoners connected with their loved ones http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Aberdeen_Virtual_Visits_Service_Goes_Live.aspx DISTANCE will be no obstacle to North-East families visiting their loved ones in custody - following the launch of a new state-of-the-art pilot service in Aberdeen.

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Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_BarlinnieDec2013.aspx A prisoner from HMP Barlinnie passed away at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on December 11th 2013.

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Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_Custody_EdinburghNov2013.aspx A prisoner from HMP Edinburgh passed away at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on November 30th 2013.

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Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT
SPS publishes 'historic' Organisational Review http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Organisational_Review_Published.aspx The SPS has now published its Organisational Review - setting out its commitment to building a safer and stronger Scotland by unlocking potential, and transforming lives of those in its care.

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Hip-hop album unlocks the creative potential of young offenders http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/YoungOffendersOnWritersBlockAlbum.aspx A RAPPER has released an album featuring the talents of young men from Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution in Polmont.

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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT
CEO unveils plans for Service's 'golden era' at SPS Conference http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/New_SPS_Vision_Launched_November2013.aspx THE Scottish Prison Service has officially launched its vision for the future of the organisation - focussed on building a safer and stronger Scotland, unlocking potential, and transforming lives.

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Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_in_custody_Edinburgh.aspx A prisoner from HMP Edinburgh died in custody on November 3rd, 2013.

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Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Castle Huntly holds Armistice Day ceremony to remember the fallen http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Castle_Huntly_Armistice.aspx A BEAUTIFUL memorial garden created by staff and prisoners in HMP Castle Huntly was the setting of an Armistice Day ceremony to commemorate the sacrifice of fallen war heroes.

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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Prisoners craft new benches to spruce up school play area http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Barlinnie_Bench_Donation_GreenhillsPS.aspx A GENEROUS donation of colourful new benches, made by prisoners in Barlinnie, has spruced up the playground of a primary school in East Kilbride.

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Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_LowMoss.aspx A prisoner from HMP Low Moss died in custody at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Friday, October 25th.

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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Top industry awards praise SPS procurement team http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/GO_Awards_Scotland_Success.aspx The SPS was honoured alongside the Scottish procurement community's finest at an esteemed awards ceremony this week.

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Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Innovative Public Social Partnership launched at HMP Low Moss http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Cab_Sec_Launches_HMPLowMoss_PSP.aspx

A SERVICE which offers greater support to people leaving custody in order to reduce the likelihood of them reoffending officially launched today (Tuesday) at Her Majesty's Prison Low Moss.

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Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Report launch celebrates achievements of leading support service in Polmont http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/YouthWork_Celebrated_In_HMYOIPolmont.aspx THE success of a unique service which supports young men and women in custody to prepare them for life on the outside has been celebrated at Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institution Polmont.

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Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_AD.aspx A prisoner from HMP Addiewell died in custody on Sunday, September 29th.

James Barr, 24, was remanded to custody on August 22nd 2013.

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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_BA.aspx A prisoner from HMP Barlinnie died in custody on Friday, September 27th.

Michael Hill, 48, was remanded to custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court on September 23rd, 2013.

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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Groups rake in donations after prisoners restore garden tools http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Great_Garden_Tool_Giveaway_HMPEdinburgh.aspx HMP Edinburgh was the venue for the Scotland's first ever Great Garden Tool Giveaway on Saturday - after prisoners restored an array of items to their former glory to assist community groups.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_Jackson.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Perth died in custody on Saturday, September 28th.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_in_Custody_Glancy.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Low Moss died in custody on Wednesday, September 25th.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Death_In_Custody_DA.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Glenochil died in custody on Sunday, September 15th.

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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4956.aspx A prisoner from HMP Barlinnie died in custody on Sunday 22 September 2013

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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT
City library event showcases Saughton Beyond Bars http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Saughton_Beyond_Bars_exhibits_HMP_Edinburgh.aspx MORE than 40 people were given a glimpse of life and work in HMP Edinburgh at an exhibition staged by prison staff and service partners in the city's Central Library last week.

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Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Dame Elish Angiolini backs new family centre at Cornton Vale http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/New_Family_Centre_Opens_HMPCornton_Vale.aspx THE launch of a new Family Centre and Help Hub at HMP Cornton Vale marks "a step towards solving the problems around women reoffending", Dame Elish Angiolini announced as she opened the new facility last week.

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Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Prisoners complete weighty task to support Help for Heroes http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Perth_fundraising_Liftathon_H4H.aspx A TEAM of fundraising prisoners and staff at HMP Perth couldn't 'weight' to take part in a muscle-straining 'Lift-a-Thon' challenge to honour the dedication and sacrifice of British troops overseas.

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Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Exciting opportunity for 'Employability Partnerships' in Grampian http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Employability_Partnerships_launched_HMP_Grampian.aspx AN INNOVATIVE new initiative will see the SPS create a hive of industry in the new HMP & YOI Grampian - by inviting external organisations to base their enterprise within the establishment and offer training opportunities to those in custody.

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Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Inverness stages eye-watering Help for Heroes fundraiser http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Inverness_stages_Help_For_Heroes_fundraiser.aspx PLUCKY staff at HMP Inverness flinched and yelped their way through a fundraiser to support colleagues taking part in the extreme Tough Mudder challenge in aid of Help for Heroes.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
SPS publishes Annual Report and Accounts 2012-2013 http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Publication_of_SPS_Annual_Report_2013.aspx Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Renowned Scots author opens new Shotts prison library http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Acclaimed_Alasdair_Gray.aspx RENOWNED Scots writer and artist Alasdair Gray was given a warm welcome by prisoners and staff at HMP Shotts as the award-winning author opened the new prison library last week.

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Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
SPS donation makes all rosy in the garden of children's hospice http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/SPS_supports_Eden_House_Childrens_Hospice.aspx The gardens of a children's hospice have been brightened up just in time for the summer thanks to the generosity and hard work of staff and prisoners in Glasgow.

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Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Open Estate staff raise funds for Niamh the ‘East Highland Way’ http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Open_Estate_staff_fundraise_for_Niamhs_Dream.aspx A TEAM of staff at HMP Open Estate Castle Huntly conquered an incredible 82-mile walking challenge to raise more than £1,300 for a youngster who is set to undergo life-changing surgery.

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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Governor "humbled" by OBE honour http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4786.aspx A well-known Governor who has dedicated more than 35 years to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death In Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4782.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Barlinnie died in custody on Friday 14th June 2013.

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Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Outgoing HMCIP pays tribute to SPS staff in annual report http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4774.aspx The work of SPS and its staff has been commended in the annual report published today (Monday) by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland.

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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death In Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4764.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Shotts died in custody on Monday 3rd June 2013.  

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Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Our response to HMCIP report on HMP Shotts http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/SPS_response_to_HMCIP_report_HMPShotts.aspx Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Prisons for Scotland has today (June 5) published his report into HMP Shotts.

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Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Perth pair make 'wheely' good effort for Macmillan http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Charity_Cycle_LEtoJOG_SPS_staff.aspx TWO staff from Perth Prison made a 'wheely' good effort for Macmillan Cancer Support when they cycled an incredible 1,000 miles from Lands' End to John O'Groats.

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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death In Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4755.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Addiewell died in custody on Friday 31st May 2013.  

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Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT
HMP Inverness holds fitness marathon for children's charity http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Inverness_fitness_fundraiser_for_Archie_Foundation.aspx PRISONERS and staff at HMP Inverness tested their stamina in a three-hour fitness marathon last Friday to raise funds for a children's hospital charity.

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
A prisoner has died whilst on home leave. http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4748.aspx A prisoner from HMP Castle Huntly, whilst on home leave has died.

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Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Solicitor jailed for smuggling attempt at HMP Edinburgh http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Man_caught_by_joint_intelligence_operation_Edinburgh.aspx A solicitor who attempted to smuggle contraband into HMP Edinburgh has been jailed.

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Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Top athletes throw weight behind celebration of sport at Shotts http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Celebration_of_Sport_marks_magazine_launch.aspx A PAIR of top disabled athletes provided valuable insight and experience to a celebration of sport at HMP Shotts - held to mark the launch of a new anti-discrimination magazine at the prison.

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Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Holyrood conference hears CEO's vision for future of the SPS http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Holyrood_conference_hears_CEOs_vision_for_future_of_the_SPS.aspx COMMUNITIES have a "key role to play" in the successful reintegration of prisoners back in to society - by recognising that offenders have "paid a debt" once they have been released from custody.

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Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death In Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4713.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Glenochil died in Forth Valley Hospital on Thursday 9th May 2013.  

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Fri, 10 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4709.aspx
A prisoner from HM Prison Edinburgh died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday 4th May 2013.

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Thu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Ground-breaking new initiative for young people in custody takes crucial step forward http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Improving_Life_Chances_for_Young_People.aspx THE Scottish Prison Service's Chief Executive has promised that 'the SPS will be a catalyst for change' to improve learning and skills for young people in custody as a new initiative to transform Polmont HMYOI was launched today (Wednesday).

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Wed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Exhibition showcases first stage of ambitious history project http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/History_of_Barlinnie_exhibition.aspx THE first stage of a project exploring 130 years of Glasgow's famous HMP Barlinnie was showcased in a multi-media exhibition of prisoners' work this week.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Award-winning PrisonWatch scheme launches at HMP Perth http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/PrisonWatch_launches_HMP_Perth.aspx An award winning initiative which aims to keep communities safer and enlist residents in the fight against contraband being smuggled into prisons has now launched at HMP Perth

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Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Death in Custody http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/News-4635.aspx A prisoner from HM Prison Edinburgh died in the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh

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Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Young offenders enjoy success in national competition http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Money_for_Life_success_for_Polmont.aspx YOUNG offenders at Polmont have proven that they understand the importance of sensible budgeting and money management after enjoying success in a national competition.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Donations presented as new gym unveiled at Cornton Vale http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Cornton_Vale_gym_refurb_unveiled.aspx PRISONERS and staff at HMP Cornton Vale marked the opening of a newly refurbished gym by presenting donations to three deserving causes.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Exceptional SPS staff honoured at Edinburgh Castle ceremony http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Cabinet_Secretary_for_Justice_Awards_Ceremony.aspx DELIVERING a baby in the back seat of a car, rescuing a prisoner from a cell blaze, and saving the life of a suicidal offender saw exceptional Scottish Prison Service staff honoured at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.

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Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Bravery awards presented to heroic prison staff http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/HMP_Perth_Meritorious_Awards.aspx TWO members of staff at HMP Perth have been honoured for their bravery in defusing a dangerous incident involving an armed prisoner.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
A healthy approach earns HMP Shotts team a top award http://www.sps.gov.uk/MediaCentre/Healthy_Working_Lives_Award_HMP_Shotts.aspx A TEAM of staff dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles within HMP Shotts has been recognised with a top NHS award.

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