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We recognise the importance of transparency and the benefits it can bring.  By publishing information:

  • We, and our stakeholders with an interest in prisons, can anticipate problems and identify shared areas for improvement 
  • We enable Parliament, the Media and the public to develop a better understanding of Scotland’s prisons and increase confidence overall in the system
  • We meet our range of obligations as a public body and as a public service partner 
  • We enable partners, academia and other stakeholders, that can make use of the information, to understand changing demands on Scotland’s prisons and shape services accordingly for people in and leaving custody
  • We increase understanding of the evidence behind our strategic and operational priorities and associated policies and strategies

In this section


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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities.

Data, Research and Evidence

This section contains links to a range of data and research about people in our custody.

Death in custody

We publish information regarding all deaths in our custody for the previous 10 years, on a quarterly basis. 


Details about our procurement policy and processes, and factors which may affect suppliers seeking to secure business from us.


Information relating to certain specified expenditure as required by the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Terms and conditions

More information on our terms and conditions which cover the purchase of services, goods and the supply of goods.

Your private information

The Scottish Prison Service manages your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Community Asset Transfer

The Community Asset Transfer (CAT) process allows community organisations to bid take over publicly-owned land or buildings for public benefit.