Date lodged: 14 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how overcrowding in prisons impacts on prisoners' (a) mental health and (b) ability to access mental health treatment.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 January 2019
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows:
SPS aims to provide a setting which encourages positive mental health in all aspects of prisoner management and care. SPS Governors work in partnership with NHS Health Boards to ensure the facilities and regime within establishments maximise access for those in our care to all healthcare services including mental health.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland has published Standards for Inspecting and Monitoring Prisons in Scotland. Health and Wellbeing is one of the Standards specifically examined by the Inspectorate (working with Health Improvement Scotland) during its formal inspections of establishment. It is also looked at closely by Independent Prison Monitors.