‘Tis the season of goodwill. And the Prison Service have plenty of it.
This Christmas a total of 79 prisoners have been granted Home Leave.
Their periods of temporary release have been granted for varying periods from 22 December 2017 until 2 January 2018.
Conditions have been placed on all successful applicants.
Thirty-five prisoners are being released from Magilligan Prison. 35 prisoners will be released from Maghaberry Prison, 19 of which are life or indeterminate sentence prisoners.
Six young men and three women are being released from Hydebank Wood College.
All prisoners granted Christmas Home Leave have been the subject of a satisfactory risk assessment and have either successfully completed a home leave programme or undergone periods of unaccompanied testing in the community.
The Prison Service will not be providing information in relation to individual prisoners.