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Magilligan Prison to be replaced
Magilligan Prison
Magilligan Prison was built in 1972
Magilligan Prison in County Londonderry is to be replaced with a new jail, the head of the Prison Service has said.

Robin Masefield told a meeting of Limavady Borough Council, where the jail is located, that a strategic review was currently underway.

He said it would "confirm the unsuitability of the existing prison, due in part to its design and the current condition of its fabric".

He said a new jail could be built on the present site or another location.

Mr Masefield told councillors that work to identify other potential locations was continuing.

He said the Prison Service needed at least two jails for adult offenders, and the present facility at Maghaberry would continue.

He said a study had been commissioned to assess the "socio-economic impact on Limavady and other potential sites for any replacement".

"The wider review is also focusing on the potential prison population in the future and how their resettlement and other needs are being met," he added.

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