02 September 2005

Prisons watchdog to probe deaths


The deaths of prisoners will be investigated by an independent prison ombudsman, prisons minister Shaun Woodward has announced.

Mr Woodward said the new system would give "greater transparency and ensure that the human rights of prisoners are protected".

The new arrangements will apply to all deaths in Northern Ireland prisons from 1 September.

Prisoner Ombudsman Brian Coulter took up office in May.

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