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 post has been vacant since the retirement of the previous Ombudsman on 31 August 2017, however the work of the Office continues. A successor will be announced following the appointment of a Justice Minister.
In the interim, the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland, Mr Brendan McGuigan CBE oversees the work of the Prisoner Ombudsman’s Office.