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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 June, 2005, 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK
New block ends jail slopping out
Slopping out
Slopping out has stopped in some prisons
Years of slopping out have come to an end at a Scots prison, the justice minister has confirmed.

The 80-year-old practice ended at Edinburgh's Saughton prison when new inmate accomodation opened on 1 June.

The 25m block will house 348 prisoners in better facilities, including in-cell toilets.

A new 8m health and education centre has also been built and was opened by Cathy Jamieson when she visited the jail on Thursday.

Slopping out continues at Perth and Peterhead prisons, and at the Polmont young offenders' institution.

The practice ended at Glasgow's Barlinnie prison in July last year.

It is due to end at Perth this summer and at Polmont next year.

Ms Jamieson said: "My view has consistently been that slopping-out is undesirable and that the right way to end this is through comprehensive modernisation of the prison estate."

She added: "It is clear that our record investment in the prison estate is now delivering real improvements.

"This is not about making life softer for offenders, but about creating fair prison conditions that will make prison work better for us all."


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