Recent and upcoming inspections

HMP Greenock 19 February - 2 March 2018

HMP Inverness 13 - 24 November 2017

HMP Shotts 21 August - 1 September 2017

HMP Low Moss 29 May - 8 June 2017

HMP Edinburgh 6 - 17 March 2017


Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland is required to inspect the 15 prisons across Scotland in order to establish the treatment of, and the conditions for prisoners and to report publicly on the findings. The Public Services Reform (Inspection and Monitoring of Prisons) (Scotland) Order 2015 came into force on 31 August 2015 and from this date HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland assumed overall responsibility for the monitoring of prisons, which is carried out on a day to day basis by independent prison monitors.

The Chief Inspector also has responsibility for the inspection of the treatment of and conditions for prisoners under escort.

The Chief Inspector produces and publishes an Annual Report which is presented to the Scottish Ministers and laid before Parliament.