Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what research it has carried out or plans regarding the impact that solitary confinement has on the mental health of prisoners.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 29 June 2017
Solitary confinement does not exist in prisons in Scotland. Prisoners may be removed from association for their safety or for the safety of others but they are never held in solitary confinement. The Scottish Government has no plans to conduct research on the mental health of prisoners. Action 10 of the Mental Health Strategy (2017-27), says that the Scottish Government will support efforts through a refreshed Justice Strategy to help improve mental health outcomes for those in the justice system. In achieving this action, we will work with the Scottish Prison Service and partners to improve the mental health of prisoners, including supporting young offenders.