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S5W-21707: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been detained in prison in each year since 1999, also broken down by how many were recorded as (a) being homeless and (b) having a reliance on drugs or alcohol prior to sentencing.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 1 March 2019

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

The Scottish Prison Service does not hold the information you request.

Information on the average daily prison population and the maximum daily prison population for each establishment is detailed in Appendix 2 of SPS’ Annual Report and Accounts each year. These reports can be found on SPS’ website at

Whilst we do not hold information on the number of people being homeless or having a reliance on drugs prior to sentencing, SPS’ Prisoner Survey contains information on accommodation and drug use. These surveys can be found at and may provide some useful information.