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Christmas cheer for prisoners as 68 inmates granted festive leave

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has granted 68 prisoners Christmas Home Leave.

Their periods of temporary release have been granted for varying periods from December 24 until January 2, 2019.

Conditions have been placed on all successful applicants.

The Prison Service received 128 applications for leave across the three prison establishments with 60 people being refused.

Twenty-one people have been granted home leave from Magilligan Prison, 38 from Maghaberry Prison and nine from Hydebank Wood College.

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

The Prison Service will not be providing information in relation to individual prisoners.

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