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#Prisons

# prisons - This year 2022

Judges to be able to set minimum life sentences as changes to Ireland's penal system announced
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Judges to be able to set minimum life sentences as changes to Ireland's penal system announced

Aug 31st 2022, 12:51 PM 13,732 Views 27 Comments

The plan is to keep non-violent offenders out of prison to reduce overcrowding.

Irish Prison Service to launch major review of how psychologists deal with sex offenders
# Sexual Violence
# Sexual Violence

Irish Prison Service to launch major review of how psychologists deal with sex offenders

May 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,458 Views 14 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has said that the work of its psychologists would be expanded to deal with people serving sentences for sexual violence.

Report finds minority groups in Irish prisons can face 'aggression and name calling' from staff
# Prisons
# Prisons

Report finds minority groups in Irish prisons can face 'aggression and name calling' from staff

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 9:00 AM 8,718 Views 0 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has recommended mandatory anti-racism training that is embedded in prison practices.

# prisons - Last year 2021

Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks

Nov 18th 2021, 11:25 AM 10,367 Views 9 Comments

There are at least 63 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among inmates.

Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining
# Isolation
# Isolation

Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining

Jun 11th 2021, 10:41 PM 25,719 Views 61 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has “poor adherence” with laws on handling prisoner complaints, report finds.

Prison officers defend withdrawal of 'goodwill' duties over concerns about when they'll be vaccinated
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Prison officers defend withdrawal of 'goodwill' duties over concerns about when they'll be vaccinated

Apr 19th 2021, 9:40 AM 16,674 Views 21 Comments

Officers say they have received no response from the government about the issue since December.

# prisons - All time

Report details case of mentally ill inmate found lying naked on floor of cell
# Prisons
# Prisons

Report details case of mentally ill inmate found lying naked on floor of cell

Updated Nov 24th 2020, 4:30 PM 37,660 Views 25 Comments

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture has published a report on Irish prisons today.

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year
# Prisoners
# Prisoners

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year

Aug 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 27,091 Views 36 Comments

The total figure is a decrease from 465 people in January 2014.

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons

Aug 17th 2020, 3:46 PM 11,671 Views 6 Comments

Limits on visiting were introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019
# New Report
# New Report

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019

Jun 15th 2020, 12:05 PM 12,609 Views 25 Comments

The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons
# Covid-19 Measures
# Covid-19 Measures

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons

Mar 31st 2020, 7:24 PM 14,610 Views 16 Comments

“Difficulties do exist in implementing social distancing on the basis that over 52% of prisoners share cells,” a prison spokesperson said.

Public transport services to be reduced from next week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Public transport services to be reduced from next week

Updated Mar 27th 2020, 1:45 PM 72,415 Views 47 Comments

Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'

Mar 13th 2020, 9:07 PM 49,063 Views 103 Comments

Concerns had already been raised about how the Irish Prison Service would cope with Covid-19.

Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures

Mar 9th 2020, 2:48 PM 41,517 Views 30 Comments

Family visits were restricted to prevent transmission in prisons, causing increased tensions.

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons

Mar 5th 2020, 6:30 AM 29,513 Views 49 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has said that overcrowded prisons make it harder to control the spread of the viruses.

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds

Jul 25th 2019, 5:39 PM 15,341 Views 4 Comments

The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.

El Chapo expected to go to 'prison of prisons' described as 'high-tech version of hell'
# Supermax
# Supermax

El Chapo expected to go to 'prison of prisons' described as 'high-tech version of hell'

Feb 13th 2019, 8:19 AM 58,908 Views 41 Comments

The facility in Colorado houses some of the United States’ most notorious criminals.

Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months
# Three Thousand Nights
# Three Thousand Nights

Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months

Feb 12th 2019, 6:10 AM 16,985 Views 61 Comments

Minister Charlie Flanagan said his officials are always working to try to reduce overcrowding.

'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say
# Violent Attacks
# Violent Attacks

'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say

Apr 19th 2018, 8:41 AM 6,379 Views 27 Comments

Jim Mitchell, from the Prison Officers’ Association. has said the official figures “don’t reflect” the situation on the ground.

Volume of drug seizures in Irish prisons soars by 42%, as over 1,000 recorded last year
# Contraband
# Contraband

Volume of drug seizures in Irish prisons soars by 42%, as over 1,000 recorded last year

Feb 26th 2018, 9:18 AM 7,192 Views 18 Comments

557 weapons were also seized in Irish prisons last year.

An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week
# Contraband
# Contraband

An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week

Aug 31st 2017, 10:01 AM 9,595 Views 48 Comments

The figure is up on last year, but way down on 2008 when about 42-a -week were seized.

Prison officers seized two weapons a day over the last five years
# Blades
# Blades

Prison officers seized two weapons a day over the last five years

Aug 17th 2017, 7:05 AM 6,973 Views 9 Comments

Last year alone, 435 weapons were recovered from inmates.

Falling crime rates mean Netherlands' prisons are being used to house asylum seekers
# Emptied Out
# Emptied Out

Falling crime rates mean Netherlands' prisons are being used to house asylum seekers

Jul 16th 2017, 11:00 AM 15,225 Views 42 Comments

They are also being turned into business hubs.

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines
# A Fine Thing
# A Fine Thing

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines

May 15th 2017, 12:48 PM 12,682 Views 36 Comments

New legislation enacted last year is being heralded as the reason for the reduction in committals.

'A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’
# Life On The Inside
# Life On The Inside

'A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’

Apr 28th 2017, 6:01 AM 19,841 Views 30 Comments

Prison officers outlined the dangers they face in their day-to-day jobs.

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year
# Jailhouse Dosh
# Jailhouse Dosh

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year

Jan 23rd 2017, 7:33 AM 16,246 Views 50 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has paid out over €27 million in pocket money to prisoners since 2009.

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre
# Riot
# Riot

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre

Jan 16th 2017, 10:45 AM 22,270 Views 14 Comments

Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.

Significant staff shortage at Cloverhill Prison as 36 people call in sick
# Prisons
# Prisons

Significant staff shortage at Cloverhill Prison as 36 people call in sick

Dec 16th 2016, 7:30 PM 15,114 Views 79 Comments

Approximately 200 staff are supposed to work at the prison each day.

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year
# On The Line
# On The Line

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year

Dec 7th 2016, 8:40 AM 7,590 Views 27 Comments

Prisoners found in possession of a mobile phone could be prosecuted.

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly
# Inspector Of Prisons
# Inspector Of Prisons

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly

Nov 26th 2016, 4:08 PM 17,140 Views 6 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'

Oct 16th 2016, 8:30 PM 8,226 Views 95 Comments

It is common knowledge that deaths from suicide and drug overdoses are common in Irish prisons, writes researcher Stephen Strauss-Walsh.

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners
# Obama Clementia
# Obama Clementia

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners

Aug 3rd 2016, 9:45 PM 40,384 Views 80 Comments

US president has now commuted 562 sentences, more than the previous nine presidents combined.

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week
# Prison
# Prison

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week

Jul 26th 2016, 6:03 AM 18,132 Views 31 Comments

In total, 10% of the prison population was out last Wednesday.

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis
# Decriminalisation
# Decriminalisation

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis

Jul 15th 2016, 6:15 AM 14,422 Views 28 Comments

Major new study says jails hothouse infectious diseases, which are then passed on to the wider community.

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates
# On The Outside
# On The Outside

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates

Jun 24th 2016, 11:27 PM 10,130 Views 33 Comments

A new prisons report is concerned with homelessness and re-offending among new releases.

Over 100 young Irish adults spend 23 hours a day in a cell like this
# Lockup
# Lockup

Over 100 young Irish adults spend 23 hours a day in a cell like this

May 31st 2016, 2:40 PM 15,659 Views 62 Comments

Young adults are overrepresented in the prison population.

'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside'
# Gangland Bloodshed
# Gangland Bloodshed

'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside'

Apr 28th 2016, 6:10 AM 17,476 Views 29 Comments

The Prison Officers Association is calling for power to be removed from gangs in prison.

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early
# Off You Go So
# Off You Go So

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early

Dec 31st 2015, 6:00 PM 10,012 Views 8 Comments

The process was known as ‘shedding’.

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early
# Computer Glitch
# Computer Glitch

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

Dec 24th 2015, 2:27 PM 12,222 Views 6 Comments

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

Most criminals reoffend. So, what's the answer? Locking them up and throwing away the key?
# Column
# Column

Most criminals reoffend. So, what's the answer? Locking them up and throwing away the key?

Dec 19th 2015, 8:00 AM 997 Views 89 Comments

For repeat offenders of any crime, after a certain point there is perhaps very little we can do as a society to help them, but other countries are shaking things up, writes Aaron McKenna.

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