Further improvements required at Maghaberry Prison
A new inspection report on Maghaberry Prison by a multi-disciplinary team lead by CJI and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons has found standards have improved but further improvements are still required View Report Page
Speaking following the publication of the report today, Chief Inspector Brendan McGuigan said that he welcomed the positive developments made at the prison since 2009 when the facility was last inspected.
"Maghaberry Prison was assessed against the internationally recognised 'healthy prison' standards which examine the areas of safety, respect, purposeful activity and resettlement. The assessment found that in all area apart from respect, Maghaberry had a one step improvement in outcomes for prisoners," said Mr McGuigan.
"This inspection found signs of real improvement which are welcome, but the prison still has a long way to go. It does not yet provide a sufficient level of safety and respectful treatment with too many prisoners having insufficient purposeful activity during their time there.
"The progress made to date needs to be increased and Inspectors would encourage the Northern Ireland Prison Service to embed these improvements in the culture and processes at Maghaberry Prison" he said.