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The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) is an agency within the Department of Justice. It is responsible for the operation and delivery of services within the Northern Ireland prison system. Its main statutory duties are set out in the Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953.

The overall aim of the Northern Ireland Prison Service is to improve public safety by reducing the risk of reoffending through the management and rehabilitation of offenders in custody. Its main statutory duties are set out in the Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953

The Prison Service, through its staff, serves the community by keeping in secure, safe and humane custody those committed by the courts and, by working with prisoners and with other organisations, seeks to reduce the risk of re-offending and in so doing aims to protect the public and to contribute to peace and stability in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service is currently going through a period of reform – the Strategic Efficiency and Effectiveness (SEE) programme.

The SEE Programme - is a four year change management programme which will deliver fundamental reform of the Prison Service by 2015.

The Prison Review Team’s interim report was published on 28 February 2011 and highlighted the need for end to end change across the Prison Service in Northern Ireland. The SEE Programme will be the vehicle by which the Prison Service will deliver the transformational change envisaged by the Review Team.

The Prison Service headquarters is located at Dundonald House in the stormont estate. There are three prison establishments, namely, Maghaberry, Magilligan and Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Prison. The Prison Service College is located at Millisle.

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