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McCartney expresses condolences to family of deceased prisoner

23 May, 2011 - by Raymond McCartney

Vice-Chair of the Justice Committee Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has expressed his condolences to the family of the young prisoner who died in Maghaberry today.

Raymond McCartney said:

"I send my sincere condolences to the family of the young man who died in Maghaberry today. Although all the circumstances surrounding the death are not yet available, reports suggest that the young man took his own life.

"I am once more calling on the Justice Minister, David Ford to ensure that all measures available to protect vulnerable prisoners are in place. This is just the latest tragic death to have taken place in recent times in our prisons. It is of no benefit that after each death in a prison we instigate an investigation into the circumstances if we learn nothing from it.

"While an investigation is essential, what is needed is sufficient properly deployed resources to protect vulnerable prisoners. CRÍOCH

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