HM Prison Magilligan
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
|Location||Limavady, Northern Ireland|
|Security class||Low-Medium Security|
|Managed by||Northern Ireland Prison Service|
Magilligan Prison is a prison run by the Northern Ireland Prison Service situated near Limavady, County Londonderry. It was first opened in May 1972 and comprised eight Nissen huts on the site of an army camp. The prison was divided into compounds to house the various paramilitary factions and was manned by British Army dog handlers and prison staff on detached duty from Scotland, England and Wales as well as some staff from Northern Ireland.
The temporary accommodation was later replaced by three H-blocks similar to those at the Maze prison each containing 100 cells.
In 1977 the trainees were transferred to Woburn House in Millisle and prisoners convicted of scheduled terrorist offences transferred to the Maze. This left Magilligan operating as a 'normal' prison in the context of Northern Ireland prisons. The regime was consequently developed to reflect this.
The prison currently has a Certified Normal Accommodation capacity of 568 prisoners. It is a medium to low security prison that holds male prisoners who have six years or less to serve and who meet the relevant security classification.
In April 2012, it was announced that the prison would possibly close and be replaced by a new prison closer to Belfast in six years time.
- Kearney, Vincent (23 April 2012). "Magilligan Prison to close in six years time". BBC News Online. Retrieved 23 April 2012.