Unlocking the past from conflict to reform in the Northern Ireland Prison Service

An experienced prison governor and head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service is to speak on prison reform for the University of Leicester’s Scarman Lecture Series.

Sue McAllister will give her lecture ‘Unlocking the Past – from conflict to reform in the Northern Ireland Prison Service’ on Wednesday 2 December in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre at the University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will focus on the challenges of reforming prisons in a post-conflict Northern Ireland. Initially setting the scene by placing prisons in the wider historical and political context, it will then outline the case for the end to end, transformational reform of the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

Sue McAllister was appointed Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) in July 2012.

She grew up in South Yorkshire and attended St Andrews University, from where she graduated with a MA in Arabic.  Sue worked in a variety of roles in prisons in England, including as Governor of HMP Gartree, a prison for adult male life sentenced prisoners, and of HMYOI Onley, which housed juvenile and young adult offenders aged between 15 and 21.  She also worked in policy roles in the Prison Service and the Ministry of Justice and as Head of the Public Sector Bids Unit before leaving what was then the National Offender Management Service in August 2011.

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