CJI provides assurance on Prison Service enquiry into the erroneous release of prisoners


Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has completed its report on the Northern Ireland Prison Service’s (NIPS) enquiry into the erroneous release of two prisoners, Devidas Paliutis and Connelly Cummins which occurred on 29 September and 1 October 2010.

The report has been submitted to the Minister of Justice, David Ford MLA who has published CJI’s findings today (12 November 2010). The report has also been shared with the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

Speaking following the report’s publication Dr Michael Maguire, Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice said: “CJI was asked on 4 October by the Minister of Justice to carry out this work in order to provide independent assurance on the Prison Service enquiry and its findings. 
“As part of that work, Inspectors attended all core meetings of the Enquiry Team and provided oversight, challenge and comment on all discussions we considered to be appropriate.
“The Prison Service enquiry has made a number of recommendations which were agreed by Inspectors. In addition CJI has made two additional recommendations in relation to the enquiry.
“I would express my thanks to all those who co-operated with this report,” he said.