Prison Service criticised over death response
Published: Wednesday, 06 August 2014
The Prison Service response to finding a prisoner collapsed in his cell at a high security jail has been criticised by the Ombudsman.
Alert at prison 'elaborate hoax'
Published: Monday, 21 July 2014
A security alert at Maghaberry Prison has been declared "an elaborate hoax," the Department of Justice has confirmed.
Prisoner complaints increase by 11%
Published: Wednesday, 02 July 2014
The number of complaints made by prisoners in Northern Ireland increased by 11% in the last year, according to a Prisoner Ombudsman report.
Former inmate loses strip search battle
Published: Monday, 30 June 2014
A former republican inmate has lost his legal battle over strip searches at a high-security jail in Northern Ireland.
Man caught with 'dissident note'
Published: Wednesday, 25 June 2014
A PSNI detective constable has told a court in Derry that a 27-year-old man caught trying to smuggle a "disciplinary note" into dissident republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail had "an operational role within the IRA."
Drone used to smuggle drugs into prison
Published: Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Audacious drugs smugglers have attempted to transport narcotics into a Dublin prison using a remote-controlled helicopter.
Maze prison files sold at public auction
Published: Thursday, 19 June 2014
The NI Prison Service has received a warning from the UK data regulator after a filing cabinet containing Maze Prison records was unwittingly sold at auction.
Suicidal prisoner 'not properly monitored'
Published: Monday, 16 June 2014
A suicidal prisoner, who took his own life, was not monitored as he should have been, a jury has heard.
Prisoner 'unlawfully segregated'
Published: Monday, 16 June 2014
A prisoner was unlawfully segregated for 48 hours following an alleged attack on another inmate, a High Court judge has ruled.
Prison not to blame for inmate death
Published: Wednesday, 07 May 2014
The suicide of a prisoner at Maghaberry Prison last year could not have been predicted, a Prisoner Ombudsman report has found.
Suicide prisoner 'lacked support'
Published: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Concerns have been raised about the handling of a prisoner who took his own life inside HMP Maghaberry in Co Antrim in 2012.
Officer walks free over inmate suicide
Published: Thursday, 10 April 2014
A prison officer who was trying to sleep while a suicidal prisoner took his own life has walked free from court after having his 15-month jail term suspended for three years.
Men jailed for prison drug smuggling
Published: Thursday, 27 March 2014
Two Belfast men who admitted their involvement in the attempted smuggling of drugs into Magilligan Prison last year, have both been jailed at Londonderry Crown Court.
Fresh setback for police college
Published: Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Plans to build a new emergency services training college at Desertcreat near Cookstown have suffered a fresh setback, with the contractor understood to be unable to progress with the project.
Parole Commissioners service 'improved'
Published: Tuesday, 04 March 2014
The performance of the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland has improved over the last two years since the implementation of a series of independent inspection recommendations, a review has found.
Prison death family in legal challenge
Published: Monday, 24 February 2014
The identity of a high-ranking prison officer granted anonymity at an inquest for a man who died in jail already is widely known, the High Court has heard.
Prisoner 'punished for Duffy connection'
Published: Thursday, 20 February 2014
A man jailed over a mortar bomb plot was unlawfully punished for associating with prominent republican Colin Duffy while on temporary release, the High Court has heard.
New governor named for Hydebank Wood
Published: Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Northern Ireland Prison Service Director General Sue McAllister has announced that Austin Treacy has been appointed as the governor of Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Women's Prison.
Praise for prisoners' Braille books
Published: Monday, 17 February 2014
The Justice Minister David Ford has praised the work of prisoners at Maghaberry for their efforts in putting together Braille books for African children.
Officer failed to watch suicidal inmate
Published: Monday, 17 February 2014
A prison officer has admitted that he "wilfully neglected" his duty by not making appropriate checks on a suicidal prisoner who took his own life at Maghaberry in 2008.
Police kept murder victim's unborn baby
Published: Tuesday, 04 February 2014
The family of pregnant murder victim Sylvia Fleming, who was dismembered by her boyfriend 16 years ago, have told UTV of their shock at finding out that police had retained the body of her unborn baby for years after her death.
Liam Adams refusing food at Maghaberry
Published: Thursday, 30 January 2014
Convicted paedophile Liam Adams is refusing to eat food at Maghaberry Prison.
'Prisoner suicide' inquest to view CCTV
Published: Thursday, 23 January 2014
Security camera footage of checks on a prisoner who was then found in a collapsed state in his cell at Maghaberry jail is to be shown to an inquest jury.
Prison ban over 'sniffer dog threat'
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2014
A woman has had her visiting rights suspended at Maghaberry Prison over claims that she threatened a sniffer dog.
OBE for ex-prisoner ombudsman
Published: Tuesday, 31 December 2013
A former watchdog in Northern Ireland has been awarded an OBE for services to prisoners' welfare.
Christmas Home Leave for 92 prisoners
Published: Thursday, 26 December 2013
Ninety-two prisoners have been granted Christmas Home Leave.
Probe as prisoner dies after release
Published: Wednesday, 27 November 2013
The Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has published an extensive report into the death of a prisoner who died one day after he returned home from Maghaberry prison.
Officer in court over Colin Bell suicide
Published: Tuesday, 19 November 2013
A prison officer has denied a charge of misconduct in public office after a convicted killer on heightened suicide watch died during his shift.
'Hostels help to reduce reoffending'
Published: Thursday, 14 November 2013
The use of hostels to assist offenders to resettle back into society helps reduce the risk of individuals reoffending and strengthens public protection in Northern Ireland, according to a new report.
Robinson speaks about time in jail
Published: Tuesday, 29 October 2013
First Minister Peter Robinson has shared memories of his time at Crumlin Road Gaol as the facility welcomed its 100,000th tour visitor.
Pioneering prison rehab unit for NI
Published: Monday, 21 October 2013
The UK's first dedicated prisoner rehab unit is to be piloted at Maghaberry in Co Antrim next year.
14 caught with drugs at Maghaberry jail
Published: Friday, 18 October 2013
Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with drugs as part of a crackdown at Maghaberry Prison.
Concerns raised over NI prisons
Published: Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Inspectors have raised significant concerns about two Northern Ireland prisons.
'Time as a baby behind bars made me ill'
Published: Friday, 27 September 2013
A Londonderry woman claiming her time as a baby behind bars has left her with a serious illness has appealed to the Department of Justice to help with medical costs.

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