Number of prisoners in Scotland sharing single cells revealed

More than 1,400 prisoners in Scotland have had to share a single cell with another inmate, according to the Justice Secretary.

Humza Yousaf revealed the figures in a letter to Labour justice spokesman Daniel Johnson.

They highlighted 12% of Scotland’s single cells have more than one prisoner.

Mr Yousaf wrote: “As at Monday January 21, there were 5,877 single cells occupied within the prison estate, 710 of which were doubled up.”

Mr Johnson said: “Scotland’s prisons are bursting at the seams as authorities struggle to cope amid a…
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