Prison estate


Information about the prison estate including Prison Service Headquarters, Maghaberry Prison, PECCS, Magilligan Prison, Hydebank Wood College and Women's Prison and the Prison Service College.

Prison Service Headquarters

Situated in Dundonald House in the Stormont Estate, staff at Prison Service Headquarters are responsible for the overall administration of the Service. The Service is headed by the Director General who is responsible for the management of the Service, and the provision of advice on prisons matters to the Minister of Justice.

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Maghaberry Prison

Maghaberry Prison is a modern high security prison housing adult male long term sentenced and remand prisoners, in both separated and integrated conditions.

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Magilligan Prison

Magilligan Prison is a medium to low security prison which holds male prisoners with six years or less to serve and who meet the relevant security classification.

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Hydebank Wood College and Women's Prison

The college which has a focus on education, learning and employment accommodates young people between the ages of 18 and 21.

It also accommodates female remand and sentenced prisoners in Ash House, a house block within the complex.

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Prisoner Escorting and Court Custody Service

PECCS is the prisoner transport and prisoner escorting service for adult males, females, young people and children within the Criminal Justice System. PECCS transport mostly comprises of cellular vehicles which hold and deploy from Maghaberry prison. PECCS also has responsibility for the safe operation of the cell holding areas in each Courthouse throughout Northern Ireland and for producing prisoners in court rooms when required.

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Prison Service College

The Prison Service College is situated within Hydebank Wood College.

Its role is to support the Northern Ireland Prison Service in achieving its objectives by:

  • developing and implementing training strategies which meets the business needs of the Service
  • supporting local management in identifying the skills, knowledge and aptitudes required for all posts and locations within the Service and developing staff training programmes to meet those needs
  • providing quality development and training to help staff carry out their agreed role and fulfil their agreed potential
  • evaluating training and development to ensure its effectiveness
  • producing and developing the training and development of NIPS specialists
  • managing the central training budget to ensure value for money

The core business of the College includes induction training, discipline training for recruits and officers, management development, professional development through a wide range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications, specialist training including incident management, hostage awareness, level 2 search training and specialist dog training skills.

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