Dickson welcomes Justice Minister’s decision on Magilligan Prison

Alliance Justice spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed a decision by the Justice Minister to rebuild Magilligan Prison in a phased redevelopment at its current site by 2020.

There are also plans for a secure college development at Hydebank, a new 360 accommodation cell block at Maghaberry and the re-opening of the Prisoner Assessment Unit on the Crumlin Road. The total expenditure is expected to be £202million.

Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This large investment will form the basis of our prison estate for the next 50 – 100 years and will ensure that Magilligan Prison is fit for purpose.

“Before taking this decision, the Minister needed to receive assurances that locating a new prison at Magilligan would encourage and support rehabilitation, provide adequate family links and ensure the safety of both staff and prisoners.

“By guaranteeing that the work of reducing re-offending is given a high priority in the redeveloped prison, we will improve public safety and deliver a fairer justice system.”


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