Scotland’s chief inspector of prisons has called for more than 70 improvements to the running of the Polmont young offenders institution.
Polmont, near Falkirk, is the largest institution of its kind in Britain and holds adults aged 16 to 21 who are awaiting trial and serving sentences.
In his latest report Brigadier Hugh Monro describes the unit as modern, clean, well-maintained and with good facilities but said young offenders need more activities to get them out of their cells.
The inspector cited high management turnover as a problem and said stability was the key if progress was to be made. He singled out Blair House where under 18s are held and which has seen five managers since it opened in 2010.
Brigadier Monro said in his report: “Young offenders are not sufficiently encouraged to take part in purposeful activity. There are insufficient opportunities to engage in purposeful activities. This is especially the case in the evenings and at weekends.”