Lunn says more needs done to ensure care of vulnerable prisoners

Alliance Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has said more needs done to ensure vulnerable prisoners are treated with care after fears were again expressed about the care of highly vulnerable prisoners at Maghaberry Prison.

The Criminal Justice Inspection said care plans for some prisoners at the risk of suicide and self-harm remained unacceptable, with previous lessons not being learnt.

“Progress has been made in many areas since previous reports, with the leadership team and staff clearly having taken onboard prior recommendations,” said Mr Lunn.

“However, this is not the case across the entirety of the prison, with highly vulnerable prisoners still not receiving the appropriate care. That is a worrying issue and it is clear more work needs done to ensure these prisoners in particular are treated with due care.

“It is important to show a humanitarian attitude to those in prison, particularly vulnerable individuals. In order to protect wider society, we must ensure prisoners are rehabilitated and the risk of reoffending reduced. To do that, we need to support the reform process and help change the underlying culture within prisons.”

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