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HMIP further follow up report on HMP and YOI Cornton Vale published: lack of progress ‘disappointing’

2012 April 26
by Mary Munro

2.17 In summary, considerable progress has been made because of the reduction in the population and the manner in which the opportunity has been taken. However, I find it somewhat disappointing that since my follow up inspection in Cornton Vale a year ago, about one third of my Recommendations and Action Points have not made sufficient progress. I will continue to monitor these areas.

2.18 In September 2009 I recommended that “female prisoners should have a focus at SPS Board level, with a view to setting the agenda for the future and ensuring such an agenda is implemented quickly and with purpose.” That recommendation was all about strategic leadership and the setting of priorities. I urge that decisions must now be taken at the highest levels, as a result of the Womens Commission, which will, once and for all, greatly improve conditions and the treatment of prisoners at Cornton Vale. From overview (April 2012).


“Cornton Vale hell cells get £50K refit after damning report” Daily Record

Following posted on 26.4.12

“Cornton Vale inmates with mental health problems should be moved, report says” Daily Record
“Disgraceful, unacceptable, harrowing – Cornton Vale women’s prison is damned again” Scotsman
“Cornton Vale: Specialist jail units would cater for different needs” Scotsman
“Women held in ‘silent cells’ at prison” Herald

Following posted on 5.9.11

“Rough Justice” Holyrood Magazine

Following posted on 15.6.11

“Cornton Vale is still in the dock” Herald
“Conditions worsening at Cornton Vale women’s prison – report” Scotsman
“One year ago, Cornton Vale was appalling. Now it’s worse” Scotsman
“Saughton prison ‘wholly unprepared’ for women” Scotsman
“Cornton Vale women’s prison is an ‘unacceptably poor establishment’ says Chief Inspector of Prisons” Daily Record
“Scotland’s only all-female prison labelled ‘unacceptably poor'” STV

Following posted on 1.2.10

“Rise in offenders puts pressure on Scotland’s only women’s jail” Herald
“Scotland’s criminal justice system is failing women” Law Society Journal Online
“Scotland’s criminal justice system is failing women and it is failing them badly” Sacro

Following posted on 29.1.10

“Why do we bang them up?” Scottish Review
“Jailhouse rocks for pampered cons” Scottish Sun

Following posted on 27.1.10

“Scotland’s only women’s prison in ‘state of crisis’, says inspector” Guardian
“Prisons inspector brands Cornton Vale ‘shocking’ and ‘bleak’” Herald
“Crisis–hit women’s prison ‘harms’ inmates” Scotsman
“The true scandal of Cornton Vale lies in the justice system” Scotsman
“Report blasts conditions at women’s prison” STV
“‘Crisis’ at women’s nick” Scottish Sun
“Report damns conditions at womens’ jail” Times
“Cornton Vale: Women’s prison in ‘state of crisis’ “ BBC
“‘Action taken’ on Cornton Vale” BBC

Following posted on 30.3.09

“Cornton Vale Cons In Telly Catfights” Daily Record

Following posted on 3.2.09

“Prisoners dress in Mary Queen of Scots costumes for history course” Daily Record
“There’s no escaping these dancing lessons” Scotsman
“Jailhouse frock for dance girls” Scottish Sun

Following posted on 30.9.08

“We Are Losing Battle Against Heroin” Daily Record

Following posted on 18.8.08

“Suicide attempts at women’s prison have doubled” Daily Record

Following posted on 14.02.08

“More women jailed: but should they really be there?” Scotsman
“Fresh approach to offenders vital” Scotsman
“Stopping prison’s revolving door” Herald

“Overcrowded prisons at breaking point, says justice secretary” Scotsman
“Prison numbers reach record high” BBC
“Prison populations reach an all–time high” Herald
“‘Shameful’ number of women in Scots jails” Evening Express
“Scots’ shame as jails are bursting at seams” Evening Times
“Women prisoner numbers ‘shameful’” BBC
“Justice Minister visits woman only prison” STV

Following posted on 6.08.07

“Anger over plans to film inside women’s prison” Sunday Herald

Following posted on 19.07.07

“Report critical of women’s prison” BBC
“Women prisoners shackled ‘almost to the point of giving birth’, then denied chance to hold their babies. Dickensian? No, 21st-century Scotland” The Scotsman
“Prison inspectors criticize handcuffing of pregnant women” STV
“Jail handcuffing of mums ‘must end’” Evening Times

Following posted on 13.06.07

“Hanged prisoner ‘just off suicide watch’” The Scotsman

Following posted on 21.11.06

“Overcrowding blamed as prison violence rises” Herald
“Violence rising at Cornton Vale”

Following posted on 18.8.06

“Jail says it will not segregate woman rapist beaten up by inmates” Press and Journal 18.8.06

Following posted on 3.8.06

“‘No healing’ for women prisoners” Daily Record 3.8.06
“‘Cuffing prisoners in labour wrong'” Herald
“A failing prison system” Herald
“Rules relaxed on ‘double–cuffing’ of women prisoners” Scotsman
“Number of female inmates doubles” BBC
“Female prisoner numbers double in ten years”

Following posted on 7.6.06

“Foiled: Wrapped sweet treats banned from jail to stamp out heroin use” Daily Record 7.6.06

Following posted on 28.10.05

“Jail women smuggled in alcohol for parties” Press and Journal

Following posted on 26.5.05

“Prison gets worse for women” Scotsman
“Cornton Vale criticised in report “ BBC
“Not enough is being done to help female prisoners” Scottish TV
“98 in 100 prisoners are drug addicts” Daily Record
“98% of prisoners in Cornton Vale jail today are drug addicts” Evening Times
“Cornton Vale report paints a grim picture” Grampian TV

Following posted on 4.1.05

“Freed MSP wants better jails” Evening Times
“They took away my moisturiser, says jailed MSP” Scotsman
“Jailed SSP politician comes out fighting” Times

Following posted on 16.8.04

“Kids to belocked up with Mum: Prison scheme is blasted” Daily Record
“Inmate mothers to keep children” BBC
“Children up to five to be kept in prison with mothers” Scottish TV
“Under fives to stay with mothers in Cornton Vale prison” Scotland on Sunday
“Jail’s bold new step will allow children to stay with mothers” Scotland on Sunday
“Children will stay with jailed mums” Evening Times

Following posted on 28.5.04

“Vale of tears” Daily Record
“Concern at rising number of women in prison system” Scotsman
“Our female prisoners” Scotsman
“‘Startling growth’ in female prisoner total” Herald
“90% of women sent to Scottish jail are addicts” Times
“Problems exposed at women’s jail” BBC
“Sharp increase in female prisoners in Scotland” Scottish TV
“Alarm at drugs curse gripping women’s jail” Evening Times

Press releases

“Cornton Vale Prison and YOI report” Scot.Gov. (January 2010)
“Response to Cornton Vale report” Scot.Gov. (January 2010)
“Cornton Vale visit” Scot.Gov. (July 2007)
“Cornton Vale prison report” Scottish Executive (July 2007)
“Cornton Vale report published” Scot. Exec. (August 2006)
“Cornton Vale Prison report published” Scot. Exec. (May 2005)
“Moderator of the General Assembly Opened New Family Centre at Cornton Vale” SPS (November 2004)
“Cornton Vale Prison” Scot. Exec. (May 2004)

See also

HMP: Report on HMP and YOI Cornton Vale – Follow-up Inspection – 30 January-2 February 2012
HMP and YOI Cornton Vale Follow up Inspection report (June 2011)
HM Inspectorate of Prisons Report on HMP and YOI Cornton Vale (January 2010)
Girls Behind Bars. 1 Oct 2008 22:45 -23:45. BBC One (Scotland only)
Follow up inspection of HMP and YOI Cornton Vale 19.07.07
Full inspection report of HMP and YOI Cornton Vale (August 2006)
HM Inspectorate of Prisons: YOI Cornton Vale follow–up inspection (February 2005)
HMIP: HMP and YOI Cornton Vale Inspection (February 2004)

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