The Office of the Prisoner Ombudsman investigates:
• Complaints from prisoners that are or were held in Northern Ireland
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• Complaints from Visitors to prisoners held in Northern Ireland
• Deaths in Prison Service custody in Northern Ireland
The Prisoner Ombudsman is appointed by the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland and is completely independent of the Northern Ireland Prison Service. The current Prisoner Ombudsman is Rev Dr Lesley Carroll who took up post on 1 March 2019.
In the absence of a Minister of Justice the appointment was made by the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Justice.