Prisons: Full-body Searches

Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 23rd January 2012.

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Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance 3:00 pm, 23rd January 2012

Yes. The commitments that were given about reducing searching in Maghaberry prison were carried through as best they could be by the Prison Service. However, no commitment was given not to include full-body searching on entering and leaving prison. That remains the situation in all three prisons in Northern Ireland, as it is elsewhere in the United Kingdom. That continues to be the position in the absence of suitable alternative technologies.