New Low Moss Prison records 165 assaults in a year

prison assaultoriginally by: BBC News
published: 27 Sept 2013

Prisoners at Scotland’s newest jail carried out 165 assaults last year, a new report has revealed. An inspection report on Low Moss Prison near Bishopbriggs revealed 15 serious attacks by prisoners on fellow inmates in 2012-13.

There were a further 140 assaults by inmates on inmates, and 10 assaults on prison staff. The Scottish Prison Service said it did not “tolerate any acts of violence” and said it had procedures to reduce risks.

The report also recorded “five incidents of concerted indiscipline” – most of them said to be sit-down protests. The report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons David Strang said Low Moss had “appropriate staffing levels” to “ensure good order is maintained”.

It added “most prisoners reported that they feel safe within HMP Low Moss”.

The report drew attention to the way in which the prison was dealing with a so-called “dirty protest”. At the time of the inspection, a prisoner was being switched between two cells to allow each of them to be cleaned in turn.

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