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Justice Committee vice-Chair comments following prison death

26 June, 2012 - by Raymond McCartney

Justice Committee vice-Chair, Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has called for a full and transparent investigation into the death in custody of Christopher Stokes in Maghaberry last night. 

Commenting on the circumstances of the death Raymond McCartney said;

“Firstly our thoughts are with the family of Christopher Stokes following their tragic loss.

“The Prison Administration needs to address all the flaws in the system which can result in this type of tragedy immediately. 

“Without in any way apportioning blame, we have to reasssure ourselves that the failings within the prison system that have been consistently highlighted by several, knowledgeable agencies including previous Prison Ombudsman’s Reports, have not been overlooked in respect to the circumstances around this case.

“Failings in our Prison system have been highlighted by a number of reputable agencies and the last thing we need is another investigation resulting in recommendations that are not acted on with a sense of urgency. " CRÍOCH

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