Reported in the Independent today, a survey by the Prison Reform Trust fails to distinguish between the Scottish and English systems. It’s not a rare phenomenon.
Dramatically they indicate:
The UK has more prisoners serving life sentences than any other country in Europe, according to a new report by the Prison Reform Trust. There are 8,554 inmates across the UK serving life sentences – more than France, Germany and Italy combined. The British total also exceeds the number of life-sentence prisoners held in jails in Russia and Turkey.
Then call for: ‘a major re-think in sentencing policy, arguing that it was “out of kilter” with the rest of the world and had created an overcrowding crisis in Britain’s jails.’
I couldn’t find Scottish numbers for life-serving prisoners, but the graph below shows the changing climate in Scotland with regard to internment.
House of Commons Briefing Paper CBP-04334, 23 July 2018