HMP Barlinnie

Barlinnie Prison

Tel: 0141 770 2000 – 81 Lee Avenue, Riddrie, Glasgow G33 2QX

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HMP Barlinnie is the largest prison in Scotland and has an operational capacity of 1,018. It is situated in the north-east of Glasgow, in the Riddrie area, and is a local prison, taking in inmates from the courts of the west of Scotland. However, more recently, the establishment has also been accepting prisoners from across the country. It holds only male offenders, both those who are in remand and those who are convicted. If you’d like to visit HMP Barlinnie, please refer to the map on this page for directions.

Tel: 0141 770 2000

Operational capacity: 1018

81 Lee Avenue, Riddrie, Glasgow G33 2QX

Calls from the payphones at HMP Barlinnie can be quite expensive, 40p per minute in fact!

However Prison Phone have been reducing the cost of the same calls to just 10p per minute since 2013. Our service helps inmates within Barlinnie prison to stretch their PINS phone credits further meaning you don’t send in so much for them to by PINS phone credit!

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Here's some facts about Barlinnie prison

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HMP Barlinnie is a prison in the Riddrie area of Glasgow. Opened in 1882, the prison has capacity to hold approximately 1600 inmates.

There are five main accommodation blocks in HMP Barlinnie: A Hall, B Hall, C Hall, D Hall (which is split into four distinct units) and E Hall. In addition, there is a Separation and Reintegration Unit and a National Top End facility located in Letham Hall. The main residential Halls are of a traditional Victorian Gallery style design, with Letham Hall being of semi-permanent modular construction.

Scott Harrison, featherweight/lightweight boxer, was arrested and jailed for eight months on the convictions of drink-driving and assault, and was released from HMP Barlinnie on the 1st January 2009, after serving four months since his imprisonment in September 2008.

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  • Some of the most notorious inmates in HMP Barlinnie were doing art to help change them from their previous ways.

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  • A total of 10 executions rook place at HMP Barlinnie, by three executioners. The youngest executionee, Anthony Miller, 19, was the second-to-last criminal to be executed in Scotland, the last teenager to be executed in the United Kingdom, and the last to be hanged in HMP Barlinnie.

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  • One of HMP Barlinnie’s most famous ex-inmates is Duncan Bannatyne, from the TV show, Dragon’s Den.

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  • ‘Slopping out’ (using a bucket as a toilet in the cell) was still occurring as late as 2003.

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  • Barlinnie prison was built in the late 1800s.

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