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Female Prisoners

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many strip searches were made of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in each month since January; if he will give the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; whether any prison contraband, smuggled item or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search, indicating which items; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search, namely, making a remand appearance at court, attending trial, inter-prison visit or other reasons.

Details of the number of, and reasons for strip searches of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison Maghaberry, from July 1989 to November 1989 were provided on 18 December 1989 (Vol. 164, No. 20, Col. 14–16). The statistics from December 1989 to May 1990 are as follows:

Number of searchesDecember 1989January 1990February 1990March 1990April 1990May 1990
Total number of searches carried out241521312137
Total number of inmates searched191215181724
Number of prisoners searched once149981513
Number of prisoners searched twice5369110
Number of prisoners searched more than twiceNilNilNil111
First Admission on Remand/Awaiting Trial952468
First Admission on Sentence/Final Discharge581316614
Attending Remand CourtNilNilNilNil12
Attending TrialNilNilNilNilNilNil
Inter-Prison Visit1Nil2135
Pre-Release Home Leave8231056
Compassionate Home LeaveNilNilNilNilNilNil
Visits to Outside HospitalNilNilNilNilNilNil
Returning from Bail ApplicationNilNilNilNilNilNil
Attendance at Court for BailNilNilNilNilNilNil
Fines PaidNilNilNilNilNilNil
Working Out SchemeNilNilNilNilNilNil
Bail Granted1Nil1NilNil2
No prohibited article was found during these searches and no prisoner refused to be searched.