Liam McArthur Lib Dem Prison Scandal Spokesperson
Thanks to a Freedom of Information request published on 12th July, we can see a dramatic fall in all types of prison staff assaults, in three of Scotland’s most notorious prisons. Only Barlinnie, Grampian and Polmont, were chosen by the intrepid investigator in the public interest:
RFI 1 ‘The number of prison staff assaulted during this period (01/04/2018 to 31/12/2018 and 01/01/2019 to 30/04/2019).’
Perhaps the focus on only three institutions was an attempt to get the best/most misleading headline possible? Anyhow the results are
- In Barlinnie and Polmont, serious offences plummeted to zero from 1 and in Grampian, to zero from 2.
- In Barlinnie, minor offences fell from 23 to 13, non-serious were static at 15 and hospital treatment cases fell from 6 to 3.
- In Grampian, minor offences fell from 15 to 3, non-serious fell from 17 to 12 and hospital treatment cases fell from 3 to 1.
- In Polmont, minor offences fell from 11 to 3, non-serious fell from 15 to 10 and hospital treatment cases fell from 3 to 0.
I don’t know for certain who made the FOI request, but McArthur is the biggest fan of writing to the SPS in the hope of exposing the SNP’s ‘failure’ to run the prison service. Here are some of his recent fibs based on FOI: