UPDATE OCTOBER 2016: Prisoners at HMP Barlinnie can now respond to emails sent through the emailaprisoner.com scheme, your email to the prison costs 40p and their reply costs 25p.


Lots of people contact us when they’ve found out that someone they know has been sent to a Scottish prison, but they’re not sure which prison. There are two ways to find out which prison someone is in:

  1. Write a letter addressed to the person in a sealed envelope, including your address and contact number if you want them to be able to contact you. Place this envelope in another envelope with a cover letter for SPS (Scottish Prison Service) letting them know that you are trying to locate which prison the person is in – include their full name and date of birth if you can. Send the letter to: Scottish Prison Service HQ, Communications Branch, Room G20, Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh WH1 9HW. SPS HQ will then look up their systems and if they find the person will send them your letter.  OR
  2. Email SPS HQ General Enquiries gaolinfo@sps.pnn.gov.uk – include the same information as listed above

Once you know where someone is, you can contact them by letter or via the email a prisoner scheme – in most Scottish prisons you can send an email, but the prisoner cannot reply – check the EmailaPrisoner site for more details. You can also receive calls from someone in a Scottish prison, as long as your phone number has been approved by the prison.