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McCartney – Third prisoner release points to culture of complacency

1 December, 2010 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA and vice chair of the Assembly’s Justice Committee, Raymond McCartney has stated that the third prisoner release in two months points towards a culture of complacency that must be addressed in order to restore public confidence.

Speaking earlier Mr McCartney said:

“There is a degree of disbelief that we have had two high profile cases recently surrounding the release of prisoners and now we are dealing with a third, all within two months.

“The Criminal Justice Inspectorate were asked to carry out an investigation as to how these two previous cases occurred. We were led to believe that this would bring an end to these type of incidents.

“However this has obviously been repeated and we will be seeking assurances from the Minister that some action will now be taken to ensure this cannot be allowed to happened again.

“Alongside this there is also the concern that this incident took place last Wednesday yet we have only heard about it six days later. There is an apparent culture of complacency which has arisen that must be addressed in the strongest possible sense in order to restore public confidence.” 

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