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S5W-08045: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have begun a sentence in each prison in each of the last five years, broken down by month, and (a) how many and (b) what percentage received a mental health assessment within 72 hours of entering.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 23 March 2017

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

SPS’ Prisoner Records system (PR2) does not report data in a way which would answer the question. The amount of work involved, including both electronic and manual interrogation of data as well as cross referencing would be disproportionate and extremely resource intensive.

All prisoners receive a health assessment by a nurse on admission to custody, with referrals made as appropriate. Responsibility for prisoner healthcare, including mental health, lies with the NHS. If this data is available, it is likely to be held there.