Date lodged: 10 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the projected running costs are for the (a) new national prison for women at Cornton Vale and (b) proposed community custodial units.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 9 March 2017
Since these proposals are still being refined and developed, it is not possible at this stage to provide exact figures for the running costs of these facilities.
The radical proposals that we are developing for the national facility for both women in custody in Scotland and the community custodial units will be, we believe, world leading in the services that they offer to women.
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows: