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Northern Ireland's management of offenders 'has improved'

The management of dangerous criminals in the community, including sex offenders, has improved, according to Northern Ireland's Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice.

Dr Michael Maguire commended developments in public protection arrangements in Northern Ireland in a new report published today.

A wide range of agencies co-operate to ensure the public is protected from criminals living in the community, including the PSNI, Prison Service, Probation Board, NSPCC and several government departments.

Dr Maguire said: "The management of serious offenders, including sex offenders, in the community is a high profile and critically important aspect of the criminal justice system.

"We are pleased to report progress within each of the agencies involved in delivering the public protection arrangements (PPANI)."

The report makes 13 recommendations to consolidate the progress which has been made in PPANI.

Dr Maguire also noted that victims must remain at the heart of the arrangements.

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