• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Phone Use in Prisons to be Blocked



Kenneth Gibson MSP has welcomed plans by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP to stop prisoners conducting criminal activity from behind bars today.

The Telecommunications Restrictions Orders (Custodial Institutions) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 will further strengthen action against the use of mobile phones including:

• Use of network technology to block active phones within prisons

• Permit court orders to remove certain phones from the network entirely.

Mr Matheson will give evidence to the Justice Committee on the Regulations.

Ahead of the session he said:

“The unauthorised use of mobile phones in prisons potentially presents a serious threat to both the security of prisons and the wider public.

“The SNP Government has already made changes to the law to create offences for the possession and introduction of mobile phones or their component parts to prisons and to allow interference with networks within two prisons to disrupt phone use. These regulations will further support our commitment to reducing the harm caused by illegal activity within our prisons.”

Added Kenneth Gibson MSP:

“The irresponsible and illegal use of phones not only allows criminals to continue conducting their illegal activities behind bars, it also causes offence to victims of crime.

”I am delighted that the SNP Government is taking action to stop their use.”

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