Prisons



Prisons inspector calls for legislative changes needed by 'modern inspectorate'

The Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, has called on the Government to bring forward legislative changes required by a "modern inspectorate".

Published 17 December 2019

New learning and skills centre at Hydebank Wood officially opened

A newly-refurbished learning and skills centre at Hydebank Wood College has been officially opened.

Published 28 November 2019

New mentoring service aims to assist resettlement of prisoners in the community

A new mentoring service aimed at helping to resettle people in the community after their release from custody has been established by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and NIACRO.

Published 27 November 2019

'Limited progress' made in improving prisoner safety since 2014

Only limited progress has been made in improving the safety of prisoners in Northern Ireland over the past five years, according to a new report.

Published 20 November 2019

Supreme Court: Former Mountjoy prisoner awarded €7,500 for breach of personal rights

A former “protection prisoner” who was held in a cell with other prisoners without sanitation or running water for up to 23 hours a day has been awarded €7,500 in the Supreme Court.

Published 15 November 2019

Young offenders invited to join boxing work-out programme

Young offenders at Hydebank Wood College have been invited to take part in a new boxing work-out programme aimed at improving their fitness and mental health.

Published 14 November 2019

Mountjoy prisoners raise charity cash through Christmas album

Inmates at Mountjoy Prison are helping to raise money for a homelessness charity through an album of Christmas songs.

Published 13 November 2019

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