More than 100 prisoners released for Christmas

51 of the 108 prisoners released are inmates from Magilligan Prison, Co. Derry.

51 of the 108 prisoners released are inmates from Magilligan Prison, Co. Derry.

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The Prison Service has granted 108 prisoners Christmas home leave, for varying periods of temporary release from December 23 until January 4.

Conditions have been placed on all prisoners. 51 are being released from Magilligan Prison. 44 prisoners will be released from Maghaberry Prison, 31 of which are life sentence prisoners.

Eight young offenders and five female prisoners are being released from Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Prison.

All prisoners granted Christmas home leave have been the subject of a satisfactory risk assessment and have successfully completed a home leave programme or undergone periods of unaccompanied testing in the community.