South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed assurances from Justice Secretary Michael Matheson that there are no plans to close HMP Dumfries.
The MSP wrote to Mr Matheson following an approach from the prison’s branch secretary, amidst concerns that it did not feature in the Scottish Prison Service’s infrastructure investment plan.
The omission had left staff worried about the long term future of the prison.
However, in a letter Mr Matheson gave reassurances that HMP Dumfries has a secure future.
“I can confirm that the Scottish Prison Service has advised me there are no plans to close HMP Dumfries.
“It is true that the facility does not currently figure in infrastructure investment plans at this time, however, these plans are developed and prioritised on the basis of the most pressing need for capital investment.”
Ms McAlpine welcomed this assurance. She said:
“I understand why staff were concerned about the future of the prison, however I am pleased that the Justice Secretary has been able to offer his assurances that it remains an important part of SPS estate.
“I hope that this can allow the staff some peace of mind to continue the fantastic work that they do at HMP Dumfries.”