1. A definition of each of the supervision levels (viz. low, medium and high) can be found in the Appendix C.
2. 'Top End' is defined in the Prison Rules as meaning "… that part of a closed prison which the Governor has designated as a part of the prison to which there may be allocated prisoners who are considered to be given a range of privileges and who would be eligible to be considered for special escorted leave'. The five penal establishments with Top End facilities. These are: (a) Chrisswell House in Greenock Prison, (b) Friarton Hall, in Perth Prison and Young Offenders Institution, (c) Skye House in Cornton Vale Prison, (d) the Top End Hall in Peterhead Prison, (e) Kerr House and the Independent Living Units at Shotts Prison, (f) D Wing in Inverness Prison, (g) Female Unit in Aberdeen Prison, (h) Munro Hall Level 3 in Polmont Young Offenders Institution. (see Direction to rule 111(4).
3. ''Open Conditions' means any prison which is designated exclusively for the confinement of prisoners who are assigned low supervision level and who are eligible for temporary release in terms of Part 15 (Temporary Release) of the Rules. This applies to: (a) HMP Castle Huntly and Noranside, (b) HMP Inverness 'D' Wing, (c) HMYOI Polmont Munro Hall Level 3, (d) HMP Cornton Vale Independent Living Units, (e) HMP Perth Friarton Hall and (f) The Female Unit in Aberdeen Prison, (g) in the case of a Life prisoner only; to every other prison or part of a prison that is not specified at sub-paragraphs (a) to (e) if there are special circumstances that support the grant of short leave or winter and summer leave.
4. See Appendix B for further information.
5. This is Schedule 1 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. (See http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1995/Ukpga_19950046_en_1.htm#tcon for further information).
6. prepared by Families Outside.
7. This is an extract from the Prison Rules 2006. However, it should be noted that there is a separate nine page "direction" which applies to Rules 140 -144.
8. At those prisons where Extended Home Leave is taking place, this will say "7 nights".
9. The "qualifying period" criteria changed on 5 June 2007 (Governors and Managers: Action 32A/07) Importantly, it should be noted that there is now no minimum "qualifying period" for short term prisoners serving 12 months or more. Any queries regarding how this affects a prisoner's eligibility for temporary release should be raised with the appropriate SPS prison establishment.