Prisons



Prisoners confined to cells under 'reduced regime' to halt spread of coronavirus

Northern Ireland prisons have moved to a "reduced regime", with all prisoners required to remain in their accommodation block, in order to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Published 26 March 2020

Prison visits suspended to slow spread of coronavirus

All visits to Northern Ireland prisons have been suspended with effect from today in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Published 23 March 2020

England: Royal Navy to help run prisons under coronavirus contingency plans

The Royal Navy could be drafted in to help run prisons in England and Wales under contingency plans drawn up to deal with coronavirus.

Published 23 March 2020

Injury on duty schemes for PSNI and prison officers to cost over £500m

Over £500 million is set to be paid out to former police and prison officers who sustained injuries while on duty through schemes which require "substantial changes" to remain sustainable.

Published 10 March 2020

Long backs £108m redevelopment of Magilligan but offers no new timescale

Justice Minister Naomi Long has said she supports the proposed £108 million redevelopment of Magilligan Prison, but has offered no news on when capital funding for the project will become available.

Published 5 March 2020

Prisoner ombudsman calls for improved technology to detect drugs

Improved search technology and equipment should be deployed in Northern Ireland prisons to help prevent drug smuggling, the Prisoner Ombudsman has said.

Published 5 March 2020

Champion boxers visit Hydebank during boxing skills initiative for prisoners

Champion boxers Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes visited Hydebank Wood College as part of a boxing skills initiative for young men and women in detention.

Published 2 March 2020

Two 'slopping out' actions mentioned before the High Court

Two cases brought by former prisoners over having to 'slop out' have been mentioned before the High Court.

Published 26 February 2020

Exclusive: Further delay to overdue review into care of vulnerable prisoners 'unacceptable'

A further delay to a long-awaited review into the care of vulnerable people in Northern Ireland's prisons has been condemned as "unacceptable".

Published 18 February 2020

Princess Anne meets staff on tour of new Maghaberry facility

Staff at HMP Maghaberry discussed their work with Princess Anne yesterday as the royal visited the prison in her role as patron of the Butler Trust.

Published 17 January 2020

Disabled prisoners facing challenges in 'all areas of prison life', report warns

Disabled people in Irish prisons face challenges in "all areas of prison life" and have poor understanding of their own legal rights, according to new research published by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).

Published 15 January 2020

Use of restrictive procedures at Oberstown remains 'significant'

The use of restrictive procedures at Oberstown Children Detention Campus has been reduced but remains "significant", inspectors have said.

Published 8 January 2020

Former Beirut hostage addresses Magilligan prisoners at creative writing awards

Belfast man Brian Keenan, who spent four-and-a-half years as a hostage in Beirut, addressed inmates at Magilligan Prison during a creative writing awards ceremony.

Published 23 December 2019

Family support services in prisons would 'improve outcomes' for children with jailed parents

New family support services should be established in prisons and communities to improve outcomes for children with a parent in prison, researchers have said.

Published 20 December 2019

Hydebank dads to give special Christmas gift to kids with charity's help

A charity is helping imprisoned dads at Hydebank Wood College deliver a special Christmas gift to their children this year.

Published 20 December 2019