Targeted people within Scottish Prison Service

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Dear Scottish Prison Service,

With reference to Prison Service Instruction 22/2012: 'Secret' Surveillance of Prisoners, I would like to request the following under Freedom of Information legislation.

Can you confirm that this document applies in Scotland? If not, can you tell me if there is an alternate update? For the purposes of saving time; I shall proceed as if it does apply.

According to the publicly released version of the document, under the section entitled Mandatory Action:

1.12 Overt CCTV cameras must not be used for pre planned target use against prisoners or visitors unless supported by an appropriate RIPA authorisation.

Can you confirm that targets would include specific people or groups of people who are put under surveillance within prison, as the document seems to indicate?

Can you tell me how many specific people have been authorised to be put under surveillance within Scottish Prison Service at date of writing?

Can you tell me how many of these were not pre-planned, and how many were pre-planned?

Yours faithfully,

Donnie Mackenzie

Robertson Margaret, Scottish Prison Service

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Please find attached response to your query.

Margaret

Margaret Robertson
PS/Tom Fox, Head of Corporate Affairs
Room 338
Calton House

Tel: 0131 2448614
Fax: 0131 2448648
Email: [email address]

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Dear Robertson Margaret,

Thank you for your response. I note that the last answer to the question specifies that all surveillance operations were 'planned', but the request used the term 'pre-planned'

I should explain the subtle but significant difference. What I meant by 'Pre-planned' was whether or not they had been targeted to be put under surveillance prior to entering prison (for current sentence). Whereas to 'plan' something could really be a general term which could just mean that it wasn't done at random.

Can you confirm that all of these individuals were selected in a pre-planned fashion as explained above?

Thanks again.

Yours sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

Robertson Margaret, Scottish Prison Service

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Dear Mr Mackenzie

Thank you for your email below which is being treated as a request for a review. The target date for response of the review request is 29/11/12.

Margaret

Margaret Robertson
PS/Tom Fox, Head of Corporate Affairs
Room 338
Calton House

Tel: 0131 2448614
Fax: 0131 2448648
Email: [email address]

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Ironside Brian, Scottish Prison Service

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Dear Mr McKenzie,
Please see attached response in respect of the further clarification sought below; I trust you will find this helpful.

Regards

Brian Ironside
Assistant Director National Operations
Scottish Prison Service
Tel 0131 244 6967

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Dear Mr Ironside,

To finalize and assure of my understanding of your terminology. Are you saying that all surveillance of these individuals started at some point after their sentence had commenced (days/weeks or longer)?

Yours sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

Ironside Brian, Scottish Prison Service

I am currently out of the office, returning  Monday 26th . If urgent, I
can be reached on 07979703479.

 

Brian

Ironside Brian, Scottish Prison Service

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Dear Mr Mackenzie,
Sorry for the ongoing confusion but yes, that is the case. Any surveillance was only started after they had commenced their sentence.

Regards

Brian Ironside

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Dear Mr Ironside,

Thanks for clearing that up.

Yours sincerely,

Donnie Mackenzie

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