First inmates take up residence at £120m prison in Bishopbriggs

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IT might boast a health centre, gym and football pitches, but this is no ‘des-res’ – it’s Low Moss Prison and the first offenders have moved in.

HMP Low Moss was due to open on Monday, March 19, but some inmates were moved in a week early in a bid to tackle overcrowding at HMP Barlinnie.

It’s thought that around 100 prisoners will move into the new HMP Low Moss over the coming days.

The new high security jail cost £120million and has been built on the site of the old Low Moss, which was a temporary low security prison.

Around 700 inmates of all categories will be accommodated at Low Moss and there will be more than 300 members of staff.

Michael Stoney is the governor of HMP Low Moss.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service said: “The prison should start taking prisoners from Barlinnie a bit early as the numbers are quite high across the prison estate and the staff are in place at Low Moss.

“Prisoners will be transferred on a phased basis and Low Moss should be fully operational by May.

“There will be a mixture of long-term and short-term prisoners.”

The new prison will help tackle overcrowding in jails across Scotland and focus on reducing reoffending and equipping prisoners with skills to reintegrate into the community on their release.

HMP Low Moss is the first new public sector prison built from scratch in more than 30 years.

As well as a health centre and gym, it has an astroturf football pitch and five-a-side pitches.

Jobs have been created locally, with officers and administration staff recruited from the community and surrounding area.

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