HMP Edinburgh is situated on the west side of the city, and holds both adult males and females. It has an operational capacity of 870, and takes in mostly offenders from the local courts of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders; however, it also occasionally takes in offenders from the Fife area. The establishment is often referred to as ‘Saughton Prison’ due to the area it’s situated in. If you’re visiting HMP Edinburgh and would like directions, please refer to the map on this page.
HMP Edinburgh is a male’s prison in the Stenhouse area of Edinburgh. Opened in 1920, the prison has capacity to hold 872 inmates.
HMP Edinburgh has four Houseblocks; Ingliston, Hermiston, Glenesk and Ratho and a Separation and Reintegration Unit.
On the 4th of July 2017, a report found that over 100 prisoners were claiming to be Jewish so they could receive better meals. The kosher meals they receive are four times more expensive than the regular meals, and is believed to have sparked from prison drama Orange Is the New Black, in which a character called Cindy Hayes converted to Judaism as she believes she will get “better quality food”, but kosher foods outlaw pork and shellfish, and no meat and dairy can be prepared together.
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Visiting times are varied between each Houseblock. For more information, click here.
A transgender female inmate, who is biologically male, was moved out of a female jail after having sex with the female inmates in there. She was housed in a female wing in HMP Edinburgh.