08/03/2024

NI Prison Service Achieves UK First With Online Booking System

Justice Minister Naomi Long has welcomed the introduction of a new fully online visit booking system.

Northern Ireland Prison Service has become the first in the UK to offer the option of online booking an in-person and virtual visits to any prison in NI.

Viewing the new online facility, Minister Long said, "For people in prison, maintaining family contact is a key part of rehabilitation, and the introduction of this innovative system will support and encourage those important relationships.

"Our prisons deliver thousands of in-person and virtual visits every year and I'm delighted to learn that since the introduction of the online system in January almost 6,000 visits have been booked. The site also contains useful information to support those who are planning a prison visit.

"This new online prison visits booking system is a further demonstration of the Northern Ireland Prison Service's commitment to delivering the best support possible to people in prison and their families."

The booking facility can be accessed 24-hours-a-day. Visits can also be booked directly through telephoning the relevant prison visits booking office.

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