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MacAskill must act on HMP Grampian disorder: MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill at the old Peterhead Prison

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill at the old Peterhead Prison

North East MSP Richard Baker has called on the Justice Secretary to update Parliament on the recent disorder at HMP Grampian in Peterhead.

Mr Baker wants Kenny MacAskill to explain what exactly has led to problems at the supposed flagship prison and what will change to support rehabilitation support there.

In the two months since opening there have already been multiple incidents with the latest turning into a 14-hour siege.

The prisons replaced by HMP Grampian, namely Craiginches and Peterhead, had few incidents in recent years despite being beset by problems with accommodation.

Mr Baker said: “Mr MacAskill has again and again highlighted the great changes that this new ‘super-prison’ would make but so far it has lurched from one problem to another.

“It is not possible for staff to work on rehabilitation and training if they are having to be supported by police officers to quell huge disturbances.

“The Minister needs to come to Parliament and explain what steps will now be taken to ensure this facility can achieve its aims and objectives and crucially ensure that order is kept there.

“At the moment, with three serious incidents in fewer months it looks like an establishment that is veering out of control,” he added.

 

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