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Justice Minister now needs to address Magilligan Prison costs - Ó hÓisín

26 November, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hÓisín said the Justice Minister needs to explain to people how the retention of Magilligan Prison will provide value for money and accommodate family links between prisoners, the majority of whom come from the greater Belfast area.

The East Derry MLA said:

“While the minister has to a degree removed the uncertainty around the future of Magilligan Prison, he now needs to address the matters which make it the most expensive prison in Western Europe.

“Magilligan Prison also suffers from its geography when it comes to families keeping in touch with their imprisoned relatives. The majority of prisoners there are from the greater Belfast area, which adds to these difficulties and the costs ensued.

“The minister said there are challenges within these proposals around the future of Magilligan, not least because currently it costs around £78,000 per prisoner per year. These are issues he needs to address.”

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