Go to jail – that’s the plea to community groups around Bishopbriggs

LOCAL clubs and organisations will be asked to go to prison – by the governor of the new Low Moss.

In an interview with the Kirkintilloch Herald Series, prison boss Michael Stoney outlined his vision for the new HMP Low Moss and thanked the community for their support.

The first prisoners started moving into the new £120million high security jail, on the outskirts of Bishopbriggs, over two weeks ago - a week ahead of schedule in a bid to tackle overcrowding in other prisons.

The new HMP Low Moss will hold around 700 inmates. They will continue to arrive on a phased basis over the coming weeks, with the prison expected to be full by the end of May.

Governor Michael Stoney said: “Our job at Low Moss is not to punish people, that’s decided by the courts. Our job is to challenge people’s behaviour.

“We hope to do that through our talented staff group and try and stop people coming back to prison.

“Reducing reoffending is really our focus. We do that through a range of activities such as a 35-hour working week, education, and offending behaviour programmes challenging issues such as violence, hostility and drug use.

“We want to give prisoners strong coping strategies.

Inmates at HMP Low Moss will be expected to take part in workshops, including painting and decorating, brick laying and plumbing.

They can also study in education classes.

Power will be cut off to cells during the day so that prisoners won’t be able to sit and watch TV.

Mr Stoney says HMP Low Moss is receiving great support from the community. Volunteers have signed up to help deliver the prison’s ‘children and families’ agenda.

Mr Stoney added: “The idea is for fathers to take more responsibility as parents. During children’s visits dad can run about with them and help them with their homework. It’s about putting the focus on the family.

“We are also looking at bringing in local clubs and organisations to promote what they do.

“The community is going to play a really big part for us.”

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