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# Prisoners

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# POWs
UN accuses both Russia and Ukraine of 'summary executions' of prisoners
The report also accused Russia and Ukraine of torturing, threatening and beating prisoners.
This year
# Prisoners
PSNI issue information appeal after duo escape from prison
49-year-old Alison McDonagh and 54-year-old Stephen McParland are believed to be together.
Last year
# Mountjoy Prison
Mountjoy inmate who was injured after attack by group of prisoners has died
The Irish Prison Service confirmed his death in a statement this morning.
# Russia
UN issues war crimes warning after death sentences given to soldiers
Three foreigners captured fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death by pro-Russian rebels yesterday.
Russia continues assault on east Ukraine as Finland moves towards joining Nato
Kyiv is preparing for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.
Kyiv is preparing for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.
Gazprom announced it would stop supplying gas via the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe pipeline.
Finland's president and prime minister have said they are in favour of applying for Nato membership.
Russia urged to annex Ukraine's Kherson, Moscow claims Kyiv bombed Russian city
All time
# Cloverhill Prison
Cloverhill Prison confirms mass testing for Covid-19 as prisoner tests positive
The Irish Prison Service said the HSE has agreed to undertake mass testing of all its staff and prisoners.
Almost half of criminals released from prison re-offended within a year, new figures show
The number of offenders who go on to reoffend dropped from 54% in 2011 to 48% in 2018.
# Prison
Prison watchdog questions use of handcuffs for escorting gravely ill prisoners to hospital
The family of a terminally ill prisoner had expressed concern at the use of handcuffs in bringing him to hospital.
# Midlands Prison
Three prisoners test positive for Covid-19 at Midlands Prison
The Irish Prison Service and Midlands Prison management have decided to test all prisoners for Covid-19.
# covid jab
HSE confirms prison nurses will be vaccinated as frontline healthcare workers - but timeline remains unclear
Some prison nurses were told they would not be included in the healthcare worker stage of the vaccine roll-out at all.
# Coronavirus
Three prisoners in Portlaoise and Mountjoy test positive for Covid-19
The prison service is making arrangements for mass testing of prisoners and staff in both locations.
# Prisoners
51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year
The total figure is a decrease from 465 people in January 2014.
# Prison
Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine'
Alcohol-based sanitiser was banned after prisoners drank a concoction of handwash and prescription drugs in 2014.
# Coronavirus
Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures
Family visits were restricted to prevent transmission in prisons, causing increased tensions.
# Dublin
Prisoners removed after spending night on roof of Mountjoy
Mountjoy senior management have commenced an investigation into the incident.
# Criminal
Prisoners sleeping on floors as overcrowding a 'serious issue,' prison officers warn
The prison population in Ireland has seen the number of inmates rise by hundreds in Irish prisons over the past three years.
Over €100k paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries
That’s according to documents provided to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
# three thousand nights
Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months
Minister Charlie Flanagan said his officials are always working to try to reduce overcrowding.
# Prisoners
'He fought to maintain his sanity': Posters go up near Mountjoy raising awareness of prisoner healthcare
The posters use archive photographs and historical information about Irish prisons.
# Cork
Many prisoners on Spike Island may have been from 'black spots of disadvantage'
Spike Island initially became a convict depot in 1847.
# Court Fines
Over 2,000 people jailed for non-payment of fines last year
The latest figures shows there has been a significant drop in the number of imprisonments following new legislation.
# interest free
Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years
The loans were given for a number of reasons, including the purchases of games consoles.
# visitation
Prisoners want to be able to use Skype to contact their families
Overcrowding, nutrition, healthcare and access to mental health services remain as issues for prisons in Ireland.
# hiring ex prisoners
'People we recruit from prison are on average more loyal, more honest and stay with us for longer'
The UK’s leading employer of people with convictions says there can be huge benefits in hiring ex-prisoners.
# Slopping Out
No damages for prisoner whose rights were breached by being forced to defecate in chamber pot
The High Court ruled that Gary Simpson’s right to privacy was breached.
# Prison Officers
The Dóchas female prison experienced the highest number of assaults by convicts on officers last year
Prison Officer Association’s president Stephen Delaney said that the Dochas centre “is a very challenging environment” for his members.
# Solitary Confinement
'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'
A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.
# escape
Four foreign prisoners have tunnelled out of a Bali jail
One of the men was due to be released within months.
# Georgia
Two inmates 'dangerous beyond description' on the run after killing guards
“My biggest worry is they’re going to kill somebody else.”
# the full monty
Convicted criminal climbed on roof of Mountjoy Prison and stripped naked
The incident happened yesterday afternoon.
# Prison Break
Seventeen prisoners shot dead following mass breakout in a Papua New Guinea prison
Jails in Papua New Guinea are often overcrowded and conditions are poor.
# Addiction
US prisons fight heroin addiction with $1,000 monthly injection
Expert opinion on the drug is mixed but a study showed users had a lower rate of relapse after the injection.
# Prisoners
Over half of prisoners are in some form of training
The services are available to all in the prison system.
# state claims agency
Assaults on prison staff cost the state around €26 million over seven years
It found that 3% of prison staff (93 people) were directly assaulted by prisoners in 2015.
# Portlaoise
Officer hospitalised with knife wounds after intervening in prison attack
The officer intervened in a shiv attack on an inmate.
# jailhouse wok
Ramen noodles are replacing cigarettes as currency among prisoners in US jails
A study suggests noodles are “the most valuable US prison commodity.”
# Transfers
15 detainees transferred out of Guantanamo Bay as Obama seeks to close facility
Once transferred, former inmates are usually freed subject to supervision and undergoing rehabilitation programs.
# on the outside
Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates
A new prisons report is concerned with homelessness and re-offending among new releases.
# Prison Break
Video shows inmates escaping from Canadian prison by helicopter
The men were arrested hours after their great escape.
# disenfranchised
Prisoners can vote - so why don't they?
The voting ban in British prisons has been a source of controversy, but here, just one in five who register decide to fill in their ballot papers.