Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Launch of ‘virtual visits’ for prisoners

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Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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Justice Minister Naomi Long has welcomed a Northern Ireland Prison Service initiative, which will provide virtual visits for prisoners to see and chat with family during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The video-link facilities have been introduced at Maghaberry Prison, Magilligan Prison and Hydebank Wood where visits have been suspended.

 

 

Justice Minister Naomi Long said, “We absolutely recognise the importance of family contact for those within our care, and their families.

“The use of safe and secure video-links in each of our establishments now facilitates family video calling at a time which can be worrying for all of us.”

A virtual visit, lasting up to 20 minutes, can be booked by a family member using a personal computer, tablet or smartphone, and through a secure video-link prisoners and their families are able to see and speak with each other.

 

 

All virtual visits are supervised and any behaviour, language or actions which are inappropriate will see the virtual visit terminated.

Naomi Long added, “The last few weeks have clearly been out of the norm for us all.

“Covid-19 has made us enter a place of uncertainty, which is never comfortable for anyone.

 

 

“However, at a time of forced distancing, I want to assure the families of those in the care of the Northern Ireland Prison Service that we are all in this together.”

More details on how to book a virtual visit can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/visiting-someone-prison

 

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE

 

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