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Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Administrative provisions Functions of the Ministry in relation to prisons...

    1. Administrative provisions

      1. 1.Functions of the Ministry in relation to prisons and prisoners.

      2. 1A.Powers of the Secretary of State

      3. 2.Administrative powers of the Ministry.

      4. 3.Lock-ups.

      5. 4.Address of prison.

      6. 5.Annual report.

      7. 6.Duty of governor to deliver calendar of prisoners.

      8. S. 7 rep. by 2005 c. 12

      9. 8.Powers of prison officers.

      10. 9.Religious ministrations.

      11. 10.Independent monitoring boards

      12. S. 11 rep. by 1980 NI 10

      13. 12.Ejectment warrants in respect of official accommodation.

    2. Rules

      1. 13.Rules for the management of prisons.

      2. S. 14 rep. by 1968 c. 29 (NI); 1976 NI...

    3. Confinement and treatment of prisoners

      1. 15.Place of confinement of prisoners.

      2. 15A.Detention in the custody of a constable where admission to prison not practicable

      3. 16.Removal of prisoners for judicial and other purposes.

      4. S. 17 rep. by 1980 NI 10

      5. 18.Lawful custody of prisoner.

      6. 19.Right of justice of the peace to visit prisons.

      7. 19A.Testing prisoners for alcohol

      8. 19B.Testing prisoners for drugs

    4. Release on licence, supervision and temporary discharge

      1. S. 20 rep. by 1968 c. 29 (NI)

      2. S. 21 rep. by 1980 NI 10

      3. S. 22 rep. by 1968 c. 29 (NI)

      4. S. 23 rep. by 2001 NI 2

      5. 24.Temporary discharge of prisoners on account of ill-health.

    5. Offences

      1. 25.Being unlawfully at large while under sentence.

      2. 26.Escapes, etc.

      3. 27.Attempts to break prison.

      4. 28.Prison breach.

      5. 29.Rescue, etc., of persons sentenced to death or for life.

      6. 30.Rescue or assisting other prisoners.

      7. 31.Other offences in connection with escape.

      8. 32.Causing discharge of prisoner under pretended authority.

      9. 33.Assisting escape by conveying things into prisons.

      10. 34.Unlawful conveyance of spirits or tobacco into prisons.

      11. 34A.Conveyance etc. of List A articles into or out of prison

      12. 34B.Conveyance etc. of List B or C articles into or out of prison

      13. 34C.Other offences relating to prison security

      14. 35.Unlawful introduction of other articles.

      15. 36.Evidence in prosecution for escape, etc.

      16. 37.Restriction on prosecutions.

    6. Miscellaneous

      1. 38.Arrest, etc., of persons unlawfully at large.

      2. 39.Notification of an inquiry into death of prisoner.

      3. S. 40 rep. by 2004 NI 5

      4. 41.Re-settlement etc., of persons convicted of offences.

    7. Supplemental

      1. 42.Laying of prison rules.

      2. 43.Financial provisions.

      3. S. 44 rep. by 1980 NI 10

      4. 45.Adaptation of statutory references to former places of detention.

      5. 46.Provisions as to capital punishment.

      6. 47.Interpretation.

      7. S. 48 rep. by SLR 1973

      8. 49.Short title.

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