Maghaberry Prison Information

Maghaberry Prison
Maghaberry Prison, officially known as HMP Maghaberry, is a high-security prison located in Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Managed by the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Maghaberry Prison accommodates both male and female prisoners. Here is important information about Maghaberry Prison:

Maghaberry Prison was established in 1986 and serves as a high-security prison in Northern Ireland. It was designed to replace the aging Long Kesh/Maze Prison and provides a secure environment for the detention and rehabilitation of individuals involved in serious criminal activities.

Maghaberry Prison is classified as a high-security prison. It houses individuals who have been convicted of serious offenses and pose a significant risk to public safety. The prison employs stringent security measures to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and the wider community.

Maghaberry Prison accommodates both male and female prisoners. The prison has a capacity to house approximately 1,000 inmates, including those on remand, serving short-term sentences, or convicted of more serious offenses.

Maghaberry Prison offers various facilities and services to meet the needs of its inmates and support their rehabilitation. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison consists of multiple residential units with individual cells or shared accommodation for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Maghaberry Prison provides educational programs and vocational training to help inmates improve their skills and increase their chances of successful reintegration into society. These programs include literacy and numeracy courses, vocational skills training, and accredited educational qualifications.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates have access to work opportunities within the prison, including maintenance, cleaning, kitchen, and other designated roles. These work activities aim to develop skills, a sense of responsibility, and a work ethic.
  • Healthcare: Maghaberry Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who provide primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support, substance abuse programs, and specialized medical care are also available.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and facilitates visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: Maghaberry Prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This may include assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Maghaberry,
Old Road,
Ballinderry Upper,
BT28 2PT

Tel: 028 9261 1888

Website: HMP Maghaberry Prison
Booking a visit to Maghaberry Prison
Visiting Times at Maghaberry Prison

The prisoner will have been given a booking reference which they will pass on to you before you book the visit by telephoning the prison Visits Booking Office.

If you have a reference number and would like to book a visit call:

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm phone nidirect on:
0300 200 7866 (this number diverts to the booking line)

Saturday and and Sunday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
02892 614032 or 02892 614029 for domestic bookings

Maghaberry Prison Information

All visitors aged 18 and over will, by their third visit, have to provide photographic evidence of their identity; be photographed for record purposes and have their fingers scanned to enrol them on the system. Acceptable photographic ID includes

  • driving licence
  • passport
  • electoral identity card
  • senior citizen's smart pass
  • citizen’s card
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