Scottish Prison Service

Scottish Prison Service
Seirbheis nam Prìosan Albannach
Scots Preeson Sarvice
Executive Agency of the Scottish Government overview
Formed 1993
Jurisdiction Scotland
Headquarters Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9HW
Employees 4,000
Minister responsible
Executive Agency of the Scottish Government executive
  • Colin McConnell, Chief Executive

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) (Scottish Gaelic: Seirbheis nam Prìosan Albannach, Scots: Scots Preeson Sarvice) is an executive agency of the Scottish Government tasked with managing prisons and Young Offender Institutions in Scotland.

The Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, currently Colin McConnell, is responsible for its administration and reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who is responsible for the Scottish Prison Service within the Scottish Government.

There are fifteen prison establishments in Scotland, two of which are privately managed.[1] The SPS employs over 4,000 staff, with its headquarters in Calton House, located in South Gyle, Edinburgh.[2]

Key personnel

The current Chief Executive is Colin McConnell and supporting him is the SPS Board consisting of:

List of establishments

HMP Addiewell and HMP Kilmarnock are both privately managed under contract to the SPS.

Other responsibilities

Prisoner escorting

In November 2003 SPS signed a contract on behalf of Scottish Ministers for a "Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service". This contract with Reliance Custodial Services provides for all prisoner escorting between police cells, court, prisons and hospitals as well as covering escorts from prison such as funerals, hospital appointments and community placements. In 2012, SPS contracted this service out to G4S.

Secure hospital

Some prisoners are detained in a secure psychiatric hospital. This is run by the Scottish National Health Service rather than the SPS.

See also


  1. "About us". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. "About us: Headquarters". Scottish Prison Service. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. "The State Hospital". NHS Scotland. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
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