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# prisoners - Friday 21 August, 2020

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.

# prisoners - Monday 16 March, 2020

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.

# prisoners - Monday 9 March, 2020

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.

# prisoners - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Prisoners removed after spending night on roof of Mountjoy

Mountjoy senior management have commenced an investigation into the incident.

# prisoners - Thursday 2 May, 2019

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.

# prisoners - Friday 29 March, 2019

Over €100k paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries PAC

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).

# prisoners - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

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 - Saturday 17 November, 2018

'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.

# prisoners - Friday 7 September, 2018

Many prisoners on Spike Island may have been from 'black spots of disadvantage'

Spike Island initially became a convict depot in 1847.

# prisoners - Friday 8 June, 2018

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.

# prisoners - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

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.

# prisoners - Tuesday 24 October, 2017

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.

# prisoners - Sunday 1 October, 2017

'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.

# prisoners - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

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.

# prisoners - Monday 17 July, 2017

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.

# prisoners - Sunday 9 July, 2017

'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.

# prisoners - Monday 19 June, 2017

Four foreign prisoners have tunnelled out of a Bali jail

One of the men was due to be released within months.

# prisoners - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Two inmates 'dangerous beyond description' on the run after killing guards

“My biggest worry is they’re going to kill somebody else.”

Convicted criminal climbed on roof of Mountjoy Prison and stripped naked

The incident happened yesterday afternoon.

# prisoners - Monday 15 May, 2017

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.

# prisoners - Monday 2 January, 2017

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 - Friday 30 December, 2016

Over half of prisoners are in some form of training

The services are available to all in the prison system.

# prisoners - Thursday 24 November, 2016

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.

# prisoners - Saturday 15 October, 2016

Officer hospitalised with knife wounds after intervening in prison attack

The officer intervened in a shiv attack on an inmate.

# prisoners - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

Ramen noodles are replacing cigarettes as currency among prisoners in US jails

A study suggests noodles are “the most valuable US prison commodity.”

# prisoners - Tuesday 16 August, 2016

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.

# prisoners - Friday 24 June, 2016

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.

# prisoners - Wednesday 16 March, 2016

Video shows inmates escaping from Canadian prison by helicopter Prison Break This post contains videos

Video shows inmates escaping from Canadian prison by helicopter

The men were arrested hours after their great escape.

# prisoners - Friday 26 February, 2016

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.

# prisoners - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

'They think you are a poof and they prey on you'

A new report documents the experiences of LGBT people in prison, an “invisible population”.

# prisoners - Thursday 28 January, 2016

These are the countries that imprison the most foreigners

There are around 1,200 Irish nationals imprisoned abroad.

# prisoners - Sunday 10 January, 2016

When life means life: 'All I went for was a few bob. I hadn't it in mind at all to kill her'

Through the Freedom of Information Act, discovered there are just three men who have been imprisoned for over 40 years for murders committed back in the 1960s and 1970s.

# prisoners - Thursday 24 December, 2015

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

“Frankly, it is maddening,” the governor of Washington state said.

# prisoners - Sunday 29 November, 2015

Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger

So far this year there have been more than 50 assaults by prisoners on staff.

# prisoners - Sunday 8 November, 2015

Gangs, drugs and violence: Documentary looks into life in Mountjoy Prison

“Prison is a dangerous spot, if you’re weak you won’t last.”

# prisoners - Saturday 31 October, 2015

Rehabilitation services: What exactly is being offered and how many prisoners are using them

“Prison is about network-building and if those on the inside aren’t educated, this will foster more crime on the outside.”

# prisoners - Wednesday 5 August, 2015

Cloverhill inmates coaxed down from prison roof with snack boxes

Negotiators spoke with the prisoners for over 12 hours.

# prisoners - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

Cloverhill riot: Prisoners injured, two climb onto roof

Officers in riot gear were sent to deal with the protest, after attempts to resolve it via negotiation failed.

# prisoners - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

Manhunt underway for escaped prisoner

Two men escaped but one has been recaptured.

# prisoners - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Sex offenders will be electronically tagged, just not yet

At present there is no provision in the Act for the electronic tagging of sex offenders.

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