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What impact will independence have on prisons and prisoners?

Scotland already has its own Prison Service and prison officers. As at present, criminals sentenced to prison by a Scottish court will be sent to a Scottish prison.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.

Will prisoner transfers continue between prisons in Scotland and England, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Yes. There are existing arrangements in place for prisoner transfers between Scotland and the rest of the UK to enable prisoners to maintain family contact during their sentence. The Scottish Government plans to maintain these arrangements on independence. Arrangements for international prisoner transfers will also continue on the same basis as now.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.