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Monitors call for review of disabled facilities at Inverness Prison

By Staff Reporter

Inverness Prison.
Inverness Prison.

Inverness Prison has been asked to review facilities for disabled prisoners

Independent monitors have also called for a renewed focus on mental healthcare provision, throughcare for those leaving the system and an assessment of the regime for remand prisoners.

The findings are highlighted in the latest quarterly report by volunteer monitors who reported the prison did well to deliver various elements of the regime, despite the building’s ageing fabric.

The report also stated: “Independent prison monitors recently raised some concern over the in-cell arrangements for prisoners requiring additional support, in particular the positioning of the intercom and lack of emergency alarm cord.

“Senior management have responded to say that prisoners with additional support needs benefit from increased staff supervision and other forms of support.”

Where additional needs could not be met, the prisoner would usually be relocated.

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie thanked the volunteers.

“The monitors serving in HMP Inverness help ensure that prisoners are treated with decency and that the process of rehabilitation remains at the top of the prison authorities agenda,” he said.

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