The Council of Europe visited several prisons and police stations in 2018 to investigate their progress around protecting human rights.
- Far too many prisoners being kept isolated and in their cells for 23 or 24 hours day, sometimes for weeks or even months at a time
- Overcrowding means that prisoners have very little space per person
- Women with serious mental ill health are not being given proper treatment
- The police complaints’s system is opaque, and the system of detainee complaints needs overhauled
- People should not be detained over the weekend in inadequate police cells
The Scottish Human Rights Commission called for urgent action by the Scottish Government to address these serious concerns.