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Proceeding and conviction statistics for prisoners having mobiles: FOI release

Published: 30 Jun 2017

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/01259
Date received: 7 June 2017
Date responded: 29 June 2017

Information requested

You asked for proceeding and conviction statistics for prisoners having mobile phones in prisons and for the number of phones that have been found in each prison in Scotland since 2012.

Response

The information on the number of people proceeded against in court and those convicted for the offences of interest in presented below.

People proceeded against and convicted in Scottish Courts for bringing/ removing/ introducing or possession of personal communication devices (note 1), 2011-12 to 2015-16

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
PEOPLE PROCEEDED AGAINST
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41(1)(A) & (9A)A 6 9 6 7 6
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41(1)(A)&(9A)F - - 4 3 1
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41(1)(E) (note 2) 6 2 1 - -
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41ZA(1) 1 - - - -
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41ZA(3) 73 108 89 63 47
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41ZA(3) & 41(9B) (note 3) 18 35 49 57 55
TOTAL PEOPLE PROCEEDED AGAINST 104 154 149 130 109
PEOPLE CONVICTED
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41(1)(A) & (9A)A 6 9 5 7 3
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41(1)(A)&(9A)F - - 4 3 1
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41(1)(E) (note 2) 3 1 1 - -
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41ZA(3) 68 103 85 60 45
PRISONS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1989 SECTION 41ZA(3) & 41(9B) (note 3) 15 31 46 55 52
TOTAL PEOPLE CONVICTED 92 144 141 125 101

Table notes

  1. Where main charge
  2. Section 41(1)(E) has been repealled therefore charges have not been made under this legislation in more recent years
  3. There are two lines for section 41ZA(3) due to the way charges are recorded by Police Scotland

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings Database.

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Published:
30 Jun 2017
Proceeding and conviction statistics for prisoners having mobiles: FOI release