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HM Prison Greenock

HM Prison Greenock was built in 1907-10 and was originally designed for male prisoners. In 1955 it became the main female prison in Scotland, housing female adult and youth offenders until the opening of Corton Vale in 1975. In 1986 it returned to its former role with male prisoners and holds both adult and under 21s on remand and on short-term sentences. It is also the designated Scottish Prison Service facility for housing persons awaiting deportation (PADs) for the Immigration Service.

Greenock became home to Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who was transferred here from HMP Barlinnie in 2005 but controversially released in 2009 suffering from terminal cancer.


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