Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Prisoners cash in on the claim game

Compensation claims by Northern Ireland's most dangerous prisoners are being kept secret — to protect their privacy.

The names of violent lags who have been handed almost £200,000 in the past two years cannot be revealed because if breaks human rights and data protection laws.

One inmate alone received a payout of £27,500 last year.

The public is banned from knowing which jailbird pocketed £15,000 after contracting a potentially fatal disease behind bars, and the identities of the criminals awarded almost £30,000 for slips, trips and falls.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “To disclose this information would breach these individuals' rights.” Fifty compensation claims by inmates since 2009 have cost the public a staggering £196,833.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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