‘Renewed focus on Maghaberry Prison difficulties’ – Casey

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has said that news of a renewed focus on dealing with difficulties in Roe House in Maghaberry prison was welcome and he reiterated the view that his party in all their dealings on this issue has always made it clear that prisoners ‘should be treated with dignity and respect’. The Newry City Councillor made his comments after the publication of an independent assessment into conditions in Roe House, Maghaberry. The Sinn Féin Cuncillor stated, “This review is welcome and contains a number of measures to improve the situation in Roe House. Sinn Féin welcome a more focused approach to dealing with the issue of full body searches, relaxations on controlled movement and a review of education provision for prisoners. “In all its dealings on this issue Sinn Féin has always made it clear that prisoners should be treated with dignity and respect. The August 2010 agreement provided a template to support that position. Casey added, “We see this review as a reinvigoration of that. It reinforces the principle that everyone; prisoners, their family members and prison staff have the right to live their lives in an environment free from hostility.”
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