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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03837

Date lodged: 19 October 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-36076 by Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021, whether it will provide figures for each month from March 2021 to date.

Current status: Answered by Keith Brown on 17 November 2021


Answer

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

SPS is unable provide information on the breakdown of the average monthly occupancy rates as the data is not collected in this format. The table below provides details of the weekly data collated on single cell occupancy across the prison estate.

  • Single Occupancy – number of people accommodated alone in a cell intended to accommodate one person
  • Single Occupancy Double Room – number of people accommodated alone in a cell that is designed to be double occupancy
  • Double Occupancy Single Room – number of people accommodated with another person in a cell intended for one person
  • Double Occupancy Double Room, Multiple Occupancy and Single Occupancy Dorm – number of people accommodated in a cell, or dormitory, intended for more than one person
  • Total Population – The total number of individuals in custody that evening.
  • Single Cell Occupancy % - The percentage of the total population of that evening who are accommodated in single cell accommodation.

Date

Single Occupancy

Single Occupancy Double Room

Double Occupancy Single Room

Double Occupancy Double Room

Multiple Occupancy

Single Occupancy Dorm

Total Population

Single Cell Occupancy %

22-03-2021

4992

258

1252

892

22

0

7416

70.8%

29-03-2021

4957

242

1232

942

19

1

7393

70.3%

05-04-2021

4937

248

1308

918

25

3

7439

69.7%

12-04-2021

4929

253

1306

898

31

0

7417

69.9%

19-04-2021

4933

267

1312

868

28

1

7409

70.2%

26-04-2021

4927

258

1286

874

30

3

7378

70.3%

03-05-2021

5015

274

1212

852

32

0

7385

71.6%

10-05-2021

5071

282

1122

844

33

1

7353

72.8%

17-05-2021

5072

280

1154

838

32

1

7377

72.6%

24-05-2021

5072

269

1142

838

35

1

7357

72.6%

31-05-2021

5133

260

1132

842

34

0

7401

72.9%

07-06-2021

5135

273

1128

862

28

3

7429

72.8%

14-06-2021

5056

269

1204

898

31

0

7458

71.4%

21-06-2021

5070

262

1262

884

30

1

7509

71.0%

28-06-2021

5001

265

1314

884

35

2

7501

70.2%

05-07-2021

5017

257

1316

892

33

0

7515

70.2%

12-07-2021

4982

251

1362

876

33

1

7505

69.7%

19-07-2021

4995

266

1384

870

31

1

7547

69.7%

26-07-2021

4971

248

1426

892

30

1

7568

69.0%

02-08-2021

4960

274

1454

868

33

1

7590

69.0%

09-08-2021

4919

280

1504

864

30

1

7598

68.4%

16-08-2021

4922

266

1468

910

33

1

7600

68.3%

23-08-2021

4964

252

1420

910

36

2

7584

68.8%

30-08-2021

4952

248

1452

906

38

1

7597

68.5%

06-09-2021

4934

256

1426

898

35

1

7550

68.8%

13-09-2021

4959

260

1406

914

31

1

7571

68.9%

20-09-2021

4957

254

1442

922

31

1

7607

68.5%

27-09-2021

4941

255

1444

916

33

1

7590

68.5%

04-10-2021

4901

250

1464

902

35

1

7553

68.2%

11-10-2021

4908

251

1472

894

33

0

7558

68.3%

18-10-2021

4872

248

1518

900

34

0

7572

67.6%