Magilligan Prison set for closure


Northern Ireland's second largest prison at Magilligan near Londonderry is to be closed.

The prison service plans to replace it with a new medium security jail at a location closer to Belfast in six years time.

It is part of a 10-year programme of reform that would cost about £240m.

Magilligan currently holds more than 500 low to medium risk male prisoners, with six years or less to serve.

BBC Newsline's home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney has this exclusive report.

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