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Follow up report

The purpose of a follow up inspection is to follow up Points of Note raised in previous inspections, to examine any significant changes, and to explore issues arising from the establishment's own assessment of itself. it is not an attempt to inspect the whole life of the establishment.

Thematic Reports

In addition to its primary function of inspecting prisons, the Inspectorate will from time to time undertake a study into an issue that is common to all or some prisons. As with inspection reports, these thematic study reports are submitted to Scottish Ministers.

Older Reports

Older reports are not available electronically but you can request a hard copy by emailing

Training for Freedom and Community Placements in the Scottish Prison Service (1993)

Persons Detained under the Immigration Act 1971 and Ethnic Minority Prisoners (1988)

Staff Training in the Scottish Prison Service (1988)

Chaplaincy in the Scottish Prison Service (1987)

Social Work Units in Scottish Prisons (1986)

Children in Prison (1985)

Annual Reports

The Inspectorate has a statutory obligation to prepare an Annual Report. This Report, which is laid before Parliament, summarises the work of the Inspectorate for the year in question and offers comments on relevant aspects of the operation of the Scottish Prison Service.

Legalised Police Cells

There are nine Police Stations in Scotland where police cells have been 'legalised'.  Prisoners (rather than individuals taken into custody by the police) can be held in these cells for up to 30 days.   These cells are in stations which are not near to prisons (where these prisoners would otherwise be held):

  • Hawick
  • Kirkwall
  • Lerwick
  • Lochmaddy
  • Stornoway
  • Thurso
  • Campbeltown
  • Dunoon
  • Oban

The need for some of these Legalised Police Cells has been raised in previous inspections but has become even more of an issue in recent years, particularly since the contracting out of escort arrangements in 2004.  

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland has a duty to inspect legalised police cells and to report on the conditions and treatment of prisoners in them.

Monitoring Reports

Monitoring Reports Text.

Quarterly Bulletins

Quarterly Bulletins Test

Standards of Inspection and Monitoring

Standards of Inspection and Monitoring Text.

Title Type Published date
Inspecting and Monitoring: Standard 6: Purposeful Activity Standards of Inspection and Monitoring May 2018
Inspecting and Monitoring: Standard 7: Transitions from Custody to Life in the Community Standards of Inspection and Monitoring May 2018
Inspecting and Monitoring: Standard 8: Organisational Effectiveness Standards of Inspection and Monitoring May 2018
Inspecting and Monitoring: Standard 9: Health and Wellbeing Standards of Inspection and Monitoring May 2018
Report on HMP Inverness 13-24 November 2017 Full Inspection Report March 2018
Prison Monitoring Summary - National Summary - July to September 2017 Monitoring Reports December 2017
Report on HMP Shotts 21 August - 1 September 2017 Full Inspection Report December 2017
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland: Annual Report 2016-2017 Annual Report November 2017
Report on HMP Low Moss 29 May - 9 June 2017 Full Inspection Report October 2017
Who Cares ? The Lived Experience Of Older Prisoners In Scotland's Prisons Thematic Report July 2017
Report on Full Inspection of HMP Edinburgh - 6-17 March 2017 Full Inspection Report June 2017
HMP & YOI Polmont Longitudinal Inspection 23-27 January 2017 Follow up Inspection Report May 2017
Report on HMP Kilmarnock Full Inspection Report March 2017
Report on Review of HMP YOI Cornton Vale 11-13 October 2016 Follow up Inspection Report January 2017