First prisoners moving to Low Moss in a few weeks

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SCOTLAND’S newest jail will open its doors in Bishopbriggs in March.

The finishing touches are being put to the new Low Moss Prison in Bishopbriggs.

The new jail is scheduled to open in March and will accommodate 700 inmates - some transferring from Barlinnie - with approximately 300 staff.

The population will be more than double the old Low Moss, which closed in May 2007, while the facility itself is three times as big.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) says all prisons - including the new HMP Low Moss - are now built to take the highest category of prisoner as standard.

The old Low Moss was operated by the SPS for low-category prisoners serving sentences of less than 36 months.

A spokesperson for the SPS said: “The prison is built and it is well on the way to being completed.

“It will open at the end of March. Prisoners will be phased in over a 10-week period.”

The new prison was designed and built by Carillion, in a deal worth in the region of £116million.

The SPS has been recruiting over the last few months, although the majority of the staff will be experienced officers transferring from other prisons.

The new jail will include facilities to help prisoners address their offending and reintegrate into the community after their release.

There will be a link centre where prisoners will be able to deal with matters relating to employment, housing, social work, addictions and other issues.

The Low Moss site started out as an RAF barrage balloon station at the beginning of World War II. After the war, it was used by the Royal Military Police as a training school.

In 1968 the site was converted into a temporary low security prison.