- Created: Wednesday, 13 May 2009 15:12
- Written by John Bowden
On 10 October prisoners at Glenochil high security prison in Stirlingshire, staged what was initially a peaceful protest over repressive conditions. The over-reaction of prison staff, however, almost resulted in the death of prisoners and provoked a general mood of unrest that overwhelmed the administration and led to a total lockdown of the gaol. John Bowden reports.
Prisoners in C Hall began the protest by draping a large banner between windows and barricading themselves into a section of the cellblock. The banner read ‘This is a peaceful protest. Leave our visitors alone, Drew Rutherford.’ Rutherford, a senior security screw and hard-line opponent of prisoners’ rights, had enforced a ‘no physical contact’ policy under the guise of combating drugs. As far as prisoners were concerned, screws supervising visits were encouraged to behave in an oppressive and intimidating way and to actively discourage their family and friends from visiting.