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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03486
Asked by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Date lodged: 5 October 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what the average number of hours per week that convicted prisoners spend on purposeful activity (a) across the prison estate and (b) in each penal establishment has been in each year since 2016-17, also broken down by those on (i) short sentences, (ii) long sentences and (iii) remand.

Current status: Answered by Keith Brown on 13 October 2021


Answer

I have asked Teresa Medhurst, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. Her response is as follows:

The average number of hours per week that convicted prisoners spend on purposeful activity a) across the prison estate and (b) in each penal establishment in each year since 2016-17 is as follows: -

Year

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22
‎ (Apr to Aug 21)

Average Purposeful Activity hours per week

22

21

20

19

14

17

       

Per Establishment

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22
‎ (Apr to Aug 21)

Barlinnie

16

16

14

12

10

10

Cornton Vale

22

21

19

20

20

28

Dumfries

19

19

18

15

8

10

Edinburgh

14

12

12

13

9

11

Glenochil

20

18

17

16

11

11

Grampian

31

28

25

25

19

16

Greenock

20

22

20

22

19

22

Inverness

27

27

25

25

24

26

Low Moss

27

24

23

22

16

16

Open Estate

23

22

22

21

20

23

Perth

21

21

18

14

9

12

Polmont

20

20

21

18

14

21

Shotts

22

22

25

25

9

10

Unfortunately, the SPS does not record the information relating to sentence length for reporting or recording purposes, and are therefore unable to break down purposeful activity hours by (i) short sentences, (ii) long sentences and (iii) remand.