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Friday Night - Women's Prison (clip 2)

Report about women's prisons and Cornton Vale

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TV news report looking at the condition of old prison facilities in Gateside prison in Greenock and then construction of a new prison at Cornton Vale. Includes interviews with an inmate, the prison governor and prison planner.

Interview with John Oliver - Controller of Planning and Coordination in the Scottish Prison Dept; women "slopping out"; Reporter, George Reid, walks through a mother and baby cell; an interview with Lady Martha Bruce - the Governor of Gateside Prison; brief shots of inmates eating. An assessment meeting takes place before a prisoner is released: 'Joan' speaks about her time in the Young Offenders institution.

Updated October 2020

Questions & Activities


  • Why was the Cornton Vale site landscaped?
  • What is considered innovative about the site?
  • What is considered the biggest punishment?
  • What jobs do the women do in jail to earn their weekly wage?


Examine the use of language by the different people in the clip. How would you describe the overall tone of the film?

Discuss the balance of the documentary. What are sources are used to back up statements?

Discuss how attitudes to crime and punishment have changed over time. How many of the arguments used here are familiar and how many seem out of date? What ideas are absent (e.g. human rights legislation).

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-539-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0422
Date 1972
Genre TV News
School Subject English, Media Studies, Modern Studies
Subject Matter Crime and Punishment, Citizenship
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Bridge of Allan, Greenock, Stirling
Event Incarceration
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 8:04
Film Length 23:56