Prisoners: key points

  • Scotland has one of the highest imprisonment rates in Western Europe
  • The prison population is at an all time high
  • Prisoners are predominately young, male, white and from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • 73% tested positive for illegal drugs on admission to prison and 17% tested positive on liberation
  • 76% of prisoners smoke
  • 1 in 5 are estimated to be Hepatitis C positive

Section updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in September 2017.
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by end December 2017.