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 independent prison monitors are led by four regional Prison Monitoring Co-ordinators. 

For further information on the role Independent Prison Monitors and Monitoring please see the information under the Monitoring heading at the top of this page.