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Prisoners should be treated with dignity and respect - Campbell

18 December, 2014

Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell said prisoners in Maghaberry should be treated with dignity and respect and called for the August 2010 agreement to be implemented. 

Speaking after a Sinn Féin motion commending the work of the Independent Prisons Assessment Team was passed at the monthly meeting of the Derry and Strabane super council, councillor Campbell said; 

"Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring that all prisoners and their families are treated with dignity and respect. 

"The recent 'stocktake' exercise carried out by the Independent Prisons Assessment Team is a welcome renewal of focus on the conditions for republican prisoners in Roe House in Maghaberry. 

"It also reinforced the principle that everyone; prisoners, their families and prison staff have the right to live their lives in a hostile free environment. 

"The council has now backed the recommendations of the 'stocktake' on the issues of full body searches, relaxations on controlled movement and a review of education provision for prisoners. 

"We are now calling on Justice Minister David Ford and the Prison Service to ensure that the agreement reached in Maghaberry in August 2010 is implemented in the timeline agreed." 

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