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S5W-13351: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will undertake an assessment of the impact that installing phones in cells in a number of prisons in England has had on enabling prisoners to maintain contact with family members and reducing levels of reoffending.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 20 December 2017

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

SPS is in contact with colleagues in HMPPS to review the findings of a study carried out by York University into the impact of in-cell telephony on custodial behaviour and on re-offending.

I recently met with the HMPPS Director of Digital Services with a view to building relationships and partnership working.