Jo Swinson MP toured the new facility at HMP Low Moss and received assurances on the prison’s relationship with the local community
Jo was shown the state of the art facilities at HMP Low Moss yesterday by Governor Michael Stone. The new prison is set to open on 19th March and will phase prisoners in over a 10 week period in order to ensure a smooth transition to being fully operational.
The modern design and facilities will aid officials in imposing a 9-5 work regime on prisoners, and help rehabilitation programmes. Together the aim is to cut re-offending which is unacceptably high in Scotland, with almost half of all offenders being re-convicted within two years.
In addition to the jobs created during the building process, over 60 of HMP Low Moss staff members have been hired from the immediate Bishopbriggs area.
Commenting Jo said:
“The new prison is a massive improvement on the old Low Moss with its wooden huts, particularly in terms of the security measures in place. After the hard-fought campaign to keep the Low Moss name in the face of the ridiculous proposals from the Scottish Prison Service to rename it HMP Bishopbriggs, it was particularly good to see the HMP Low Moss signs on the front of the building. The Governor assured me that his objective is for HMP Low Moss to be a good neighbour and foster a positive relationship with local people and local organisations in Bishopbriggs. “
- Re-offending statistics from: Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services, Scottish Offenders Indexhttp://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/TrendReOffending