Prisons



Prison service launches strategy for strengthening family relationships

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has launched a new strategy for strengthening prisoners' family relationships to support the rehabilitation process.

Published 6 November 2019

Maghaberry prison staff win international award for 'impressive' transformation

Staff Maghaberry Prison have received an Excellence Award from the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) at their annual conference in Buenos Aires.

Published 1 November 2019

Prison service launches consultation on smoke-free prisons

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has launched a consultation on moving to smoke-free prisons.

Published 29 October 2019

New £54m accommodation block at Maghaberry officially opened

A new £54 million accommodation block at Maghaberry Prison has been officially opened.

Published 24 October 2019

Maghaberry becomes first UK prison to allow visits from autistic children

Maghaberry Prison has become the first in the country to allow visits by autistic children, under a pioneering new initiative.

Published 14 October 2019

Prisoners at Magilligan compete in construction competition

Prisoners at Magilligan with ambitions to one-day work in the construction industry have taken part in the first ever Skillbuild NI competition in a UK prison.

Published 14 October 2019

Nearly half of all young people in Oberstown have previously been in detention

Almost half of the young people detained at Oberstown in the first three months of the year had previous remand or detention orders, new figures show.

Published 3 October 2019

Average daily prison population rose to 1,448 in 2018/19

The average daily prison population in Northern Ireland rose slightly to 1,448 during 2018/19, according to new figures.

Published 27 September 2019

Nearly one in two prisoners released in 2012 reoffended within three years

Nearly one in two people released from Irish prisons in 2012 were convicted of another offence within three years, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Published 25 September 2019

Sex offenders to be invited to take part in treatment without admitting guilt

Sex offenders in prison will be invited to take part in a treatment programme without admitting or talking about their crime under new Irish Prison Service (IPS) plans, according to reports.

Published 24 September 2019

Irish Prison Service places governance at centre of new strategic plan

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has set out its strategic plan for the next three years, with a strong focus on improvements to transparency and governance.

Published 20 September 2019

Life sentence prisoners serve average of 17-and-a-half years in custody

Life sentence prisoners in Ireland serve an average of 17-and-a-half years in custody, according to the latest figures from the Parole Board.

Published 12 September 2019

Criminal justice agencies to meet prison bosses over post-custody deaths

Northern Ireland's criminal justice agencies will today meet with the head of the NI Prison Service following a news report on the number of post-custody deaths in the past five years.

Published 10 September 2019

Professor Phil Scraton calls for independent inquiry into mental health services in Northern Ireland prisons

Prisons expert Professor Phil Scraton has called for an independent inquiry into mental health services in Northern Ireland prisons after an internal review was postponed again.

Published 3 September 2019

Most employers willing to hire ex-offenders if supported to do so

A majority of Irish employers would be willing to hire an ex-offender if they were provided with support to do so, according to new research by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority.

Published 2 September 2019