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Aberdeen prison change plan to be debated

Craiginches Prison in Aberdeen [Pic: Press and Journal]
Craiginches will be replaced by HMP Grampian in Peterhead

A debate on the closure of Aberdeen's Craiginches prison is to take place in the Scottish Parliament.

The planned new HMP Grampian in Peterhead would hold about 500 inmates, and replace the two older Victorian jails in Aberdeen and Peterhead.

The Aberdeen Prison Visiting Committee opposes the move, claiming moving inmates away from the city and their families could harm rehabilitation.

Craiginches was said to be in need of improvement in a 2009 report.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, Dr Andrew McLellan, said Craiginches was overcrowded but also said there was much in the report that it could be proud of.



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