Information for Researchers & Students

Increasingly, the Scottish Prison Service is contacted by students, particularly school students, undertaking research to assist in writing essays.

This section of the website is intended to sign-post key publications and recent correspondence that may be of benefit to those studying issues of criminal or social justice.


1.       SPS Annual Report


2.       SPS Corporate Plan


3.       SPS guidance on Home Detention Curfew (tagging)


4.      SPS Prisoner Survey 2020


5.      SPS Organisational Review


6.       Prison population statistical report


7.      SPS Biodiversity Report 2020


8.        SPS framework for the management of substance misuse in custody (2010)


9.        Monitoring information on naloxone supplies provided through the National Naloxone Programme during 2015-16                                         has recently been published.  The key findings relate to the supply and use of Naloxone since programme implementation and                    includes information relating to the SPS.              


10.       Scottish Government National Outcomes Framework, which includes outcomes on addressing problematic drug use


11..    Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland is required to inspect all prison establishments throughout Scotland in order             to examine the treatment of, and the conditions for prisoners; the reports can be found at the following website                                           

12.    The Commission on Women Offenders was established by the Scottish Government in June 2011 to look at ways to improve                     outcomes for women in the criminal justice system.  The final report and the Scottish Government’s response can be accessed at:


13.    Centre of Youth & Criminal Justice          


13.    Scottish Government Statistical Bulletin This provides statistical information and support relating to police and community safety,              Court affairs and offenders, prisons and matters relating to civil and international law.


Other documents which may be helpful are:


·      Research for Recovery: A Review of the Drugs Evidence Base


·      Interventions for Drug Users in the Criminal Justice System, Scottish Review


·      Alcohol and Offenders Research Reports




 ·   Reconviction Rates in Scotland Statistical Bulletin, Scottish Government 2012 


 ·     Health Improvement in Prisons – Better Health, Better Lives for Prisoners


 ·     Vision for Young People in Custody Information Sheet


       SPS Value Proposition