Scotland’s prisons ‘bursting at seams’

Addiewell Image copyright PA Image caption HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow is one of the prisons operating over capacity according to new figures

Scotland’s prisons are “bursting at the seams” as new figures show the majority were at, or over, capability last month.

HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow was operating at 139% capability in December while HMP Inverness was at 137%.

Scottish Liberal Democrats’ justice spokesman Liam McArthur warned that inmates were being “packed into prisons like sardines”.

The Scottish government said it was focused on stopping people going to prison in the first place.

The figures were disclosed following a parliamentary question from the Lib Dems.

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