Maghaberry Prison in particular has been dogged by controversies around humiliating strip searches, association among politically motivated prisoners, the use of solitary confinement and massive failings in preventing self-harm.


In addition the policy of revocation of licences as is the case with Derry republican Tony Taylor has seriously undermined confidence in the system of justice. Given that the main focus of the PFC is support and advocacy for bereaved families we have limited capacity to intervene in this area. Notwithstanding we have made a number of interventions and will continue to do so.

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