Source: (2004) Cambrian Law Review. 35: 97-114.This article will examine the thesis that Northern Ireland experiences a relatively low level of crime. It will explore the possible reasons why crime in the North has not witnessed a dramatic increase. In light of this, the article will highlight the difficulties surrounding the current prison system and illustrate that once again Northern Ireland is experiencing a very different criminal justice system in comparison to Great Britain. Although the prisons are now being used predominately to deal with âordinaryâ crimeâ?, they are still part of the political process. This article will consider the proposition that recent demands by prisoner for political âseparationâ? have overshadowed Northern Irelandâs âcrime consciousnessâ? and the prison authorities have not moved towards a stance of âpopulist punitivenessâ?, particularly when the prison regime is being politicised because of the ongoing difficulties surrounding the peace process in Northern Ireland. Author's abstract.