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Review of Proposals to Improve Arrangements for Independent Monitoring of Prisons

DescriptionReview of Proposals to Improve Arrangements for Independent Monitoring of Prisons
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateFebruary 07, 2013


ISBN 978 1 78256 372 3 (Web only publication)

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Executive Summary

History of independent prison monitoring in Scotland

Recent consultations and advice relating to independent prison monitoring
Review of Prison Visiting Committees 2005
Crerar Review and Sinclair Report
2011 Consultation

OPCAT and the National Preventive Mechanism

Independent prison monitoring is distinct from other forms of scrutiny of public bodies
Current arrangements for independent prison monitoring and ensuring that the new arrangements fulfil the Scottish Government's obligations under OPCAT
Annual reports and other reports to Scottish Ministers
Appointment of independent monitors
Training of independent monitors
Number of independent monitors for each prison
Funding for independent monitors
Administrative support for independent monitors
Council of Independent Prison Monitors

Options for support for independent prison monitors
Council of Independent Prison Monitors
Unit in Justice Directorate
Community Justice Authorities
Incorporation into the new structure for support of independent police custody visitors
HM Inspector of Prisons for Scotland
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
Scottish Human Rights Commission

Relationships of monitors with prisoners

Relationships of monitors with Scottish Prison Service, Governors and prison staff

Relationships of monitors with HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland

Prisoner support

Cornton Vale

Visiting Committees for legalised police cells

Concluding remarks

Annex 1 Acknowledgements

Annex 2 Extract from the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment