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# Prison Overcrowding

Last year
2023
More prisoners on temporary release in attempt to tackle Irish Prison Service overcrowding
There are currently over 5,200 people registered in the Irish prison system, even though the capacity is just over 4,500 people.
According to one source, the Service is using parole to release inmates under supervision in a bid to tackle overcrowding.
Head of prison officer group says overcrowding is putting staff and prisoners 'at risk'
All time
Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
Column: 7 essential ways to fix our broken prison system
Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison