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The Northern Ireland Prison Service is an agency within the Department of Justice. It is responsible for the operation and delivery of services within the Northern Ireland prison system.

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 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.