Date lodged: 31 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported ageing prison population.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 June 2017
The Scottish prison population is ageing. This is due, in part, to increasing sentence lengths, convictions for historical offences and an increase in life expectancy.
The Scottish Prison Service is working with Scottish Government to review its population management strategy. This process includes consideration of the increasing number of older people in custody.
The SPS has recently published a social care needs assessment report, the results of which are being used to improve services and to inform the development of a strategy for the management of people in its care who have social care needs, including older prisoners. It will also contribute to the overall prison population management strategy.
If an older person is admitted to prison with specific care needs, an individual care plan, care package and accommodation adjustments will be put in place, following consultation with the necessary multi-agency partners.