October - December

Criminal Justice Inspection has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2007-08.  Copies of the report can be downloaded by following this link or hard copies can be obtained by contacting CJI directly by phone, fax, email or letter.
Dr Michael Maguire, Bill Priestley and Tom McGonigle met with representatives of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture during their visit to Northern Ireland to assess conditions at Maghaberry and Magilligan Prisons and PSNI custody suites.

Dr Michael Maguire was one of a number of guest speakers who addressed the first day of the 2008 Courts Conference hosted by the Northern Ireland Court Service at the Inn of Courts, Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast.  The event was attended by representatives of all of the court jurisdictions within the British Isles.  Other speakers who addressed the conference were senior officials within the courts services across these jurisdictions.



 

CJI’s Chief Inspector Dr Michael Maguire was one of a number of speakers invited to address this year’s Criminal Justice System Northern Ireland Conference.  The theme of the event held at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, was Working Together for Public Protection.  During his speech, Dr Maguire highlighted the role of the inspection process played in developing the criminal justice system and the contribution CJI could make to building confidence in the criminal justice system and demystifying it for the community.  The event which brought together representatives from across the criminal justice sector also incorporated the 2008 Criminal Justice Awards which promote best practice across the system.  The awards were presented by the Criminal Justice Minister Paul Goggins MP.

Criminal Justice Inspection and the Northern Ireland Prison Service jointly hosted a three day fact-finding visit to Northern Ireland by Ritta-Leena Salovaara (Inspection Manager) and Ari Juuti (Senior Inspector with the Finnish Criminal Sanctions Agency,  During their visit, they visited Maghaberry and Magilligan Prisons and the Young Offender Centre at Hydebank Wood.  The visit provided an opportunity to showcase the benefits of collaborative working between CJI and the Northern Ireland Prison Service.  The representatives of the Finnish Criminal Sanctions Agency were accompanied on their prison visits by Dr Michael Maguire and Tom McGonigle from CJI.  Speaking after the visit, Tom  said the visit provided an opportunity for CJI to learn about practice and procedures in other countries.

Tom McGonigle presented a paper on Correctional Oversight – Challenges, Prospects and Lessons at a workshop as part of the annual conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association in Prague, Czech Republic.  Other workshop speakers included the Correctional Investigator of Canada  Howard Sapers, the recently retired Chief Inspector of Prisons of Western Australia, Richard Harding and the Director of Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action from Nigeria, Uju Agomoh.  Over 350 delegates attended the international conference.

Dr Michael Maguire gave a speech to delegates attending the Extern Conference held at the Dunadry Hotel, Templepatrick on the challenges facing criminal justice system in the future.  The conference celebrated Extern’s 30 years of providing services to children adults and communities facing social exclusion in Northern Ireland. To find out more about Extern’s work across Ireland, please follow this link.
Dr Michael Maguire gave a speech to delegates attending the Extern Conference held at the Dunadry Hotel, Templepatrick on the challenges facing criminal justice system in the future.  The conference celebrated Extern’s 30 years of providing services to children adults and communities facing social exclusion in Northern Ireland. To find out more about Extern’s work across Ireland, please follow this link.
ASBO's report published | 17/10/2008
A new report by Criminal Justice Inspection has examined the operation and effectiveness of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) in Northern Ireland.  The report looks at how the PSNI, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and 26 local Councils were making their ASBO applications and undertaking their responsibilities since the legislation was introduced in 2004.  Commenting on the findings, CJI’s Chief Inspector Dr Michael Maguire said that overall, a sensible approach had been demonstrated by the various agencies to the introduction of ASBOs, and that they had learned from the experience of colleagues in England and Wales.  To view or download a copy of the report please click here or to see our press release, please visit the press release page

Criminal Justice Inspection has published the latest edition of its newsletter The Spec. Copies of the October '08 edition can be viewed or downloaded here.