Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee Publishes Report on Scottish Police and Prisons

The Council of Europe’s ‘Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’ (CPT), has today published the report on its ad-hoc visit to Scotland, which took place from 17 to 25 October 2018, together with the response from the United Kingdom.

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in Scotland and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012; specific attention was paid to inmates in segregation, in remand, women prisoners generally and to overall healthcare issues. Also, the delegation examined the treatment of persons in police custody and carried out visits to several police custody facilities across Scotland. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report.

In their response, the United Kingdom authorities provide information on the measures taken to implement the recommendations made in the CPT’s report.

The CPT report and the response of the United Kingdom authorities have been made public at the request of the United Kingdom Government.

The CPT welcomes the detailed analysis and support of the United Kingdom’s National Prevention Mechanism of the CPT’s report on the 2018 visit to Scotland.