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Prisoners and mobile phones: blocking technology to be piloted. Facebook accounts shut down.

2014 April 10


“Facebook pages run from prison shut down” Herald
“Prison bosses shut down Facebook accounts run by Scottish criminals from jail” Daily Record

Following posted on 14.4.13

“High-tech bid to stop prisoners using mobile phones in cells” Herald
“Prison mobile phone signal blocking technology to go live” BBC
“Prison chiefs finally move to stop inmates using mobile phones behind bars after introducing signal blocking equipment” Daily Record
“Scots jails to pilot mobile phone blocking scheme” Scotsman
“Mobile phone blocking technology to be introduced in prisons” STV

Following posted on 18.8.13

“Edinburgh pub assassin caught with a mobile phone in his cell – for the fifth time” Daily Record

Following posted on 18.3.13

“Mother of murdered Kriss Donald hits out at prison chiefs over ‘shocking’ pics of her son’s killer behind bars” Daily Record

Following posted on 15.3.13

“Mobile phone signal blockers could be drafted into Scottish prisons to stop cons using banned handsets” Daily Record
“Revealed: Seizures of banned mobile phones in prison result in 157 convictions in last two years” Daily Record

Following posted on 15.2.13

“Drugs baron given extra six months in jail after being caught with mobile phone in cell” Daily Record

“Prison bosses axe 170 Facebook sites run by cons” Scottish Sun
“Not so friendly: 170 prison inmates barred from Facebook” Herald

Following posted on 31.10.12

“Jailhouse block for crooks’ cell phones” Scottish Express
“Mobile phone signals in prison could be blocked in legal move” BBC
“Killer who ran criminal operations from prison with mobile faces extra jail sentence” Daily Record

Following posted on 30.10.12

“Mobile phone jamming technology set for Scotland’s prisons” Scotsman

Following posted on 29.2.12

“Social network sites and protection of the public” Herald

Following posted on 21.2.12

“Killers using Facebook behind bars logged out by prison bosses” Daily Record

Following posted on 13.2.12

“Jailed killers logging on to Facebook from behind bars to laugh at justice and torment victims” Daily Record

Following posted on 31.8.11

“Crimelords targeted as they run empires from inside jail cells” Scotsman

Following posted on 12.9.10

“Crackdown on mobile phone use in prisons” Scotsman

Following posted on 19.2.10

“Milkman arrested for smuggling mobile phones to Scots prisoners inside milk deliveries” Daily Record

Following posted on 12.12.08

“Mobile phone ban for prisoners” Daily Record
“Ban on possession of mobile phones in prison” Herald
“Mobiles banned from jails to clamp down on crimelords” STV
“Mobile phones banned in Scotland’s prisons”
“Ban on mobile phones in prison” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 24.11.08

“Prisoners caught with phones face longer jail terms” Herald
“Inmates with mobile phones face extra time” Times
“Crackdown on prisoner mobile use” BBC
“Big prison crackdown on mobiles” Press and Journal

Press releases

“Justice Minister’s prison visit announces sites for mobile phone blocking pilot” SPS (February 2014)

“Ban on prison mobiles” Scot.Gov. (November 2008)
“Prison ban on mobiles” Scot.Gov. (December 2008)

Books in prison: Scottish Prison Service policy

2014 April 8
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“Irvine Welsh slams prison service over book ban” Evening News
“Writers blast book ban on prisoners” Herald
“Revelations of book ban in Scottish prisons provokes writers’ fury” Herald

Following posted on 26.3.14

“Duo smuggled drugs into prison in spines of books” Evening News

See also

Supplies of books, newspapers, etc to prisoners
52. Subject to rules 46 to 50, a prisoner is entitled to arrange, at his or her own expense, or at the expense of a person outwith the prison, the delivery to the prison of such books, newspapers, writing materials and other means of occupation as the prisoner may wish to use.”

Has this been amended? M.

Change of leadership at Children’s Hearings Scotland

2014 April 8
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“Children’s panels need morale lift” Herald

Press release

“New chair for Children’s Hearings Scotland” Scot. Gov. (April 2014)

The politics of early release from prison: Justice Committee to look at Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill proposals

2014 April 4
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“Prisons early release questioned” Herald

Following posted on 6.1.14

“SNP ‘fooling’ public over pledge to alter early releases” Herald
“Early prison release scandal: Nine killers and 183 sex offenders will be free in less than two years” Daily Record
“Fury as football yob jailed for nine months after bloody mass brawl in train station has been freed after just eight WEEKS” Daily Record (confusing Home Detention Curfew with automatic early release)

Following posted on 4.9.13

“One other change to the justice system will be of interest to the Parliament. We have all now accepted the need to end the system of automatic early release that was brought in by the Conservative Government in 1993 and left in place by the Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition here at Holyrood. It does not command public confidence.

We are now in a position to end automatic early release for sexual offenders who are sentenced to more than four years and for serious violent offenders. That follows the work to stabilise the prison population and then reduce it over time by implementing other recommendations of the McLeish commission, such as introducing strong community-based sentences for less serious offenders. Further steps will follow as we continue the successful implementation of our justice reform programme.” FM Alex Salmond Scottish Parliament Official Report 3.9.13

“Scottish Government to scrap early prison release” Scotsman
“Salmond woos voters with populist policies” Scotsman
“Scottish ministers to end automatic early release for ‘worst’ offenders” Telegraph
“Soft justice on the way out at last” Scottish Express
“Unexciting, yes, but still full of substance” Herald
“Minister Kenny MacAskill welcomes prisoner release plan” BBC
“Prisoner plan ‘will target most dangerous’, says minister Kenny MacAskill (audio)” BBC
“Alex Salmond outlines SNP government plans for year ahead” BBC
“Early prison release changes hailed” Courier

Following posted on 2.1.13

“Scandal of early release for rapists” Daily Record
“Early release for sex attackers will stop victims reporting crime, say support groups” Daily Record

Following posted on 31.12.12

“Teen paedophile’s early release puts spotlight on ‘inadequate’ early release system” Daily Record
“Justice system scandal: Call to end early release rules as killers & rapists prepare to walk free after just two years” Daily Record
“SNP under fire as more prisoners face early release” Herald

Following posted on 15.10.12

“Victims neglected, complains MSP John Lamont” Scotsman

Following posted on 10.9.12

“Bottle killers are freed” Scottish Express

Following posted on 7.9.12

“Hundreds of killers and rapists let out of jail early” Daily Record
“Hundreds of killers and rapists freed early under early-release scheme” Scotsman
“Fury over killers let out early” Scottish Sun
“Thousands of rapists and killers released early from Scottish prisons” Telegraph
“Violent thugs still walking early from Scottish prisons” Scottish Express
“Row over release of prisoners” Herald

Following posted on 20.1.12

“Early release frees 50,000 in five years” Scottish Express
“48,000 inmates released early” Scottish Sun

For headlines on this topic back to 2004, press releases and links to sources read more…

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) report on UK published: substantial Scottish content

2014 March 28
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by Mary Munro

“Anti-torture body warns Scots prison” Herald

Press releases

“Scotland: Anti-torture monitors urge prison alternatives” Council of Europe (March 2014)
“Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom” CPT

See also

Report to the Government of the United Kingdom on the visit to the United Kingdom carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) from 17 to 28 September 2012

HMP Barlinnnie replacement: larger site, capacity sought

2014 March 24
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by Mary Munro

“Experts warn Barlinnie is not likely to be rebuilt in Glasgow” Herald
“Plan to replace Barlinnie with huge new jail” Herald

Proceeds of crime recovery: Police Scotland budget assumes access to ‘gangster tax’ funds

2014 March 24
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“‘Gangster tax’ to plug funding gap for Scottish policing” Herald

Following posted on 21.2.12

“Proceeds of crime officers go after cocaine baron for £86k.. but end up with £142 and a watch” Daily Record

“Recovering ill-gotten gains” Sunday Herald
“‘Costa del Crime’ no longer a safe haven” Sunday Herald
“Proceeds of crime can profit police” Sunday Herald
“Scotland’s top policeman: Let us keep ‘gangster tax’ and we’ll massacre organised crime ‘The money that comes from criminals should go back into catching more criminals’” Sunday Herald

British Transport Police and Police Scotland: possible merger?

2014 March 24
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by Mary Munro


“Historic police merger talks on take over of railway patrols” Herald

Following posted on 7.8.13

“SNP calls for handover of transport police control” Scotsman

Following posted on 10.10.11

“Railway police body faces split over Scots force plan” Herald

Evidence, research and the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act: Scottish Labour commits to abolition

2014 March 24
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“Ex-STV chief claims law gives police draconian powers” Herald
“There is little proof the majority of fans are getting worked up over the ‘football law’” Herald
“Anas Sarwar: Labour will scrap controversial football laws” Herald
“Labour ‘to scrap football sectarianism laws’” Scotsman
“Anti-bigotry football laws could be axed if Labour wins next election” STV
“Labour vow to axe football abuse law” STV
“Labour plan to scrap controversial anti-sectarian law” BBC
“Celtic back Scottish Labour’s vow to scrap controversial football bigotry laws” Daily Record

Following posted on 5.11.13

“Sectarianism law may be reviewed” Courier
“Anti-sectarian football laws fear as fans complain” Scotsman
“MSPs plan early review of ‘mince’ anti-bigotry laws” Scottish Express
“MSPs mull review of sectarian abuse legislation” Herald
“Anti-sectarian football legislation could face early review” BBC
“Sheriff criticises ‘confusing’ anti-bigotry laws” BBC

Following posted on 20.6.13

“Audience not necessary for football disorder offence, court rules” Law Society Journal Online
“It is time to review sectarian legislation” Herald
“Celtic fan faces new case over IRA songs” Herald
“Bigotry law setback as fan cleared of abusing footballer” Herald

“In enacting section 1(1) the Parliament created a criminal offence with an extremely long reach.” Opinion in PF, Dingwall v Cairns [2013] HCJAC73

Following posted on 29.5.13

“New blow to bigotry law” Scottish Express
“Celtic fan who sang IRA song is cleared of football offence” Herald

Following posted on 24.5.13

“Inside Track: Absurdity of new football laws” Herald

Following posted on 29.4.13

“Football bigotry law produces 55 convictions in first 10 months” STV

Following posted on 24.4.13

“Lord Advocate asked to give view on controversial sectarian law” Herald
“MSPs to seek views from Lord Advocate on implementation of anti-sectarianism law “ Daily Record
“Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland faces quiz over bigot law” Scottish Sun

Following posted on 7.4.13

“Fans protest against disproportionate crack-down on hate crimes” Scottish Sun
“Football fans protest over crackdown on hate crime” Herald

Following posted on 6.4.13

“Football fans protest over measures to crack down on hate crime” Daily Record
“2000 Celtic fans defy police and march through Glasgow in protest at new law” Herald

“Celtic fans hold rally against football law” BBC

Following posted on 4.3.13

“Professor: football fans need list of songs that pass sectarian law” Herald
“Clash over sectarianism law one year on” Law Society Journal Online
“New legislation helps tackle sectarianism” Courier

Following posted on 1.3.13

“Ban on sectarian singing at Scottish football matches ‘working well’” STV
“Anti-bigotry legislation to be evaluated” Herald
“Anti-sectarian legislation ‘working well’” BBC


Following posted on 28.2.13

“Fears over police misuse of anti-sectarian powers” Herald
“Tackling bigotry must be proportionate” Herald

Following posted on 28.1.13

“Nats footie law flop fear probe is branded ‘offside’” Scottish Sun

Following posted on 6.11.12

“Prosecutors applaud new football laws” Evening Times
“New football laws hailed a success” Herald

Following posted on 5.11.12

“Doubts over testimony in football cases” Herald

Following posted on 26.3.12

“Police out in force ahead of Old Firm match” STV
“Police warn both Old Firm bosses to keep their cool at crunch clash” Scottish Express

Following posted on 25.9.11

“Anti-sectarian jail scheme gets funding boost” Scotsman

Following posted on 5.7.11

“Rangers: We will not be blamed for sectarianism” Herald

Following posted on 2.6.11

“Football is a symptom, not the cause of Scottish sectarianism” Guardian

Press release

“No tolerance of hate crimes” Scot. Gov. (June 2014)

“Offensive Behaviour Act first anniversary” Scot.Gov. (March 2013)

See also

Opinion in PF, Dingwall v Cairns [2013] HCJAC73

Charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act (2012) in 2012-13

On female genital mutilation in Scotland: letter issued to schools

2014 March 24
by Mary Munro


Female Genital Mutilation. Letter issued to schools from Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (March 2014)

Following posted on 17.3.14

“GPs call for action over FGM threat” Evening Times

Following posted on 7.2.14

“Schools enlisted to combat female genital mutilation” BBC
“Female genital mutilation: Scotland’s government to ask all schools to act” Guardian
“Scotland’s victims of female genital mutilation – video” Guardian
“FGM is banned but very much alive in the UK” Guardian

Following posted on 31.1.14

“A survivor of female genital mutilation speaks out” Herald
“Young girls at risk of undergoing abusive practice of female genital mutilation, MSPs hear” Daily Record

Following posted on 11.12.13

“Female mutilation action call” Herald

Following posted on 18.11.13

“MSPs call for action on mutilation” Herald
“Female genital mutilation ‘rising in soft-touch Scotland’” BBC
“Charity calls for education to support genital mutilation victims” STV

Following posted on 15.11.13

“Young girls ‘brought to Scotland for illegal mutilation’” Herald
“Female genital mutilation: ‘I was screaming’” BBC
“Female genital mutilation ‘rising in soft-touch Scotland’” BBC

Following posted on 31.7.13

“Global development podcast transcript: can FGM be eradicated in a generation?” Guardian

Following posted on 13.6.13

“UK ‘too politically correct on genital mutilation’ “ Scotsman
“Charity claims genital mutilation is ‘widespread’” Courier
“Female genital mutilation: how prevalent is it?” Guardian
“Genital mutilation ‘more widespread’” Herald

Female genital mutiliation articleFollowing posted on 10.6.13

Scottish Justice Matters (June 2013): Niki Kandirikirira on female genital mutilation in Scotland and John Fotheringham on the law

Following posted on 6.2.12

3000 women in Scotland ‘are victims of mutilation’ Herald

Following posted on 27.5.05

“Female circumcision law extended” BBC

Following posted on 16 12.04

“MSPs urged to help end mutilations “ Evening News

Following posted on 21.7.04

“Female circumcision law change” BBC

See also

Female Genital Mutilation. Letter issued to schools from Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (March 2014)

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005. Scottish Parliament page with links to evidence, debates and statute.

Scottish Executive Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (2004)