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Corton Vale

Cornton Vale Prison

Ali Purdie Sept14
Prison Name: HMP Cornton Vale
Telephone 01786 832591
Family Contact Officer 01786 835325
Fax 01786 833597
Governor Name Allister Purdie
Deputy Name Forbes McKillop
Address Cornton Road


Cornton Vale is the primary establishment in Scotland for holding female offenders remanded or sentenced to prison by the courts.

Cornton Vale provides custodial facilities for female prisoners (including young offenders) in all sentence ranges and supervision levels. It has a design capacity of 309 places, this figures includes 24 spaces within the independent living units (ILUs) adjacent to the prison grounds for appropriate women nearing the end of their sentence, and seven mother and baby spaces available inside the prison. In total, the prison has six accommodation blocks.

Whilst Cornton Vale is Scotland's only all female prison, women are held in other facilities there are currently around 110 women in HMP Edinburgh, 53 women housed in Greenock Prison's Darroch Hall. In addition we have small community integration units for women at HMP Inverness and HMP Aberdeen. We currently have between 32 - 40 women on Home Detention Curfew (HDC).

There are 271 substantive staff; this includes 206 uniformed staff, 18 nurses and 39 administrative staff, and 8 middle and senior managers.

Imprisonment can be a difficult time for family. The attached leaflet may assist Phoenix Futures


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