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S5W-08185: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, what its response is to the comment in the report, HMP Kilmarnock Full Inspection 7-18 November 2016, that “It was unsatisfactory that prisoners in HMP Kilmarnock were being denied the same level of throughcare support that they would have received if they had been located in a different prison”, and what action the Scottish Prison Service has taken to ensure that prisoners at HMP Kilmarnock can now access the same level of support as elsewhere.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 28 March 2017

The introduction of TSOs in public sector managed prisons was created through the re-aligning of resources and achieving efficiency. SPS did not seek or receive any additional monies. It is entirely open to the contractor to undertake a similar process.

Whilst HMP Kilmarnock does not employ Throughcare Support Officers (TSOs), throughcare support is offered by TSOs attached to public sector establishments. For example, HMP Barlinnie provides throughcare support for those returning to Glasgow, and HMP Dumfries has provided support to an individual returning to their area. Gap in provision exists in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. Turning Point Scotland work in HMP Kilmarnock with prisoners who will be returning to these areas to offer similar levels of pre and post release support.

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows: