64. Memorandum from HM Inspectorate of
I am responding to Mr Evans' letter inviting
comment on human rights issues.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons in Scotland always
tries to make time for human rights during its inspections. We
conduct our inspections under three main headings, safety, decency
and crime prevention, all three of which contain elements concerning
the rights of individual prisoners.
During inspection, we interview groups of prisoners
(as well as talking to individuals) ensuring as far as is possible
that groups are representative of that particular establishment.
To illustrate this, I enclose a copy of our 2001 inspection report
on HMP Greenock.
At the time of inspection, Greenock held a number of immigration
detainees (who are now housed in Dungavel Detention Centre). We
heard their views and inspected the conditions under which they
were held. To ensure that expert advice was obtained we also invited
Mr Dharmendra Kanani, Head of the Commission for Racial Equality
(Scotland) to accompany us.
By way of further example of our commitment
to address this issue also enclosed is a copy of our 1999 thematic
inspection on remand prisoners Punishment FirstVerdict
In particular, I would draw your attention to Annex 2 "Convention
for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms".
As an inspectorate we do not normally offer
advice or assistance on compliance with human rights nor do we
feel that it would be appropriate to attempt to establish a culture
of human rights amongst prison staff; that we believe falls more
naturally to the Scottish Prison Service as employer.
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