HMP Addiewell is a privately run prison, the current contract being held by Sodexo although after it expires, Scotland’s Labour spokesperson, Daniel Johnson has suggested it be brought into the public sector management.
Wendy Sinclair Gieben, Scotland’s Chief Inspector of Prisons says Addiewell is a safe and well run prison, officers and inmates have effective working relationships throughout the halls. However, Addiewell is a learning institution and is failing to live up to this expectation. Few inmates are actively engaged in the education, training and jobs offered and prefer to play computer games in the mezzanine area. The high quality sports facility only operates at 25% capacity, due to lack of interest from the inmates.
The problem seems to be a lack of experienced staff, and staff shortages, currently there is a shortfall of 36 officers. One third of the staff have less than two years of experience and 1 in five less than 12 months experience. Apparently some inmates have more knowledge of how the prison is run than the staff do! The staff are deployed across all areas as required by the prison which does not help role stability and relationship building with the inmates. Sodexo has replied to criticism saying staff pay has been realigned and the retention and training of staff is being addressed.
HMP Castle Huntly is an open prison near Dundee, prisoners here are those who have been assessed as those with a low risk of escape. However, this week Grant McNamara made the break and is loose in the Paisley area. McNamara is 26 years old, and 6’ 2”tall with short brown hair. Police are advising anyone who sees him to call 111 or 999 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Inmate on the run from Castle Huntly prison in Scotland