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Standards falling at HMP Magilligan.

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Standards have fallen at of Northern Ireland’s main Prisons since it’s last inspection in 2010.

The latest inspection at HMP Magilligan has shown that inmates are not equipped with the skills to get a job once they are released.

The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice, Brendan McGuigan,  said that more must be done to improve the standards at Magilligan Prison.

However, Justice Minister David Ford said that positives could be taken from the report, saying that the prison  had achieved positive outcomes in three out for four healthy prison tests and inspectors noted staff – prisoner relations, safety levels and resettlement as areas where good work is being delivered.

The report also highlighted areas where there is further progress needed, purposeful activity being one of them.

Mr Ford went on to say that The Prison Service is taking steps to deal with the issue by working with education professionals from North West Regional College to deliver real outcomes for those in custody.

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