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8 June 2005

SNP WELCOME PROPOSAL OF NEW PRISON IN NORTH EAST

SNP Stewart Stevenson MSP for Banff and Buchan today (Thursday) commenting of reports that that a new prison could be built in the North East.

Mr Stevenson said:

“When Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson visited Peterhead Prison at my invitation last August, I proposed a new prison at Peterhead to solve problems at both Craiginches and Peterhead.

“It has been clear for some time the conditions at Peterhead need improved urgently. The best solution is a new prison to replace Peterhead, which is incapable of being brought up to modern standards.

“I welcome the beginning of the end of a period of great uncertainty about the future of our prison, and am sure that others will join with me in that.”
Speaking about possible plans for Craiginches Prison in Aberdeen, Stewart Stevenson added:

“It has been clear that Craiginches has been under pressure and that redevelopment on the existing site was simply not possible.

“Consolidating two prisons into one based at Peterhead will create the opportunity for a modern efficient unit with a long term future.

“There will be a number of issues associated with any changes that affect Craiginches. It is vital that the Scottish Prison Service address any concerns that arise.”
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