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# prisons - Monday 11 May, 2015

The United Nations is shining a spotlight on this guy's human rights record

The United States is up for its four-year review.

# prisons - Saturday 9 May, 2015

Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell

It’s the second death of a prisoner in 24 hours.

# prisons - Sunday 5 April, 2015

There isn't much room left in Ireland's prisons

Two are over capacity and four are almost there.

# prisons - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Over 90 mobile phones were seized in Irish prisons in six weeks

Nearly half of those were in Mountjoy Prison.

# prisons - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Prison officers vote on industrial action is "an opening salvo"

There have been a number of attacks on officers this year.

# prisons - Thursday 5 March, 2015

'Prison sex proves being gay is a choice' - potential US presidential candidate

Ben Carson has since walked back his claims.

# prisons - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

What goes on in Ireland's jails? Prison culture to be put under the microscope

The training and continuous development of prison staff is one aspect that will be reviewed in a major new audit.

# prisons - Saturday 7 February, 2015

Isolating 'puppet master' gang leaders should stem the supply of drugs in prisons

The Irish Prison Officers’ Association said the initiatives announced this week are nothing new.

# prisons - Saturday 31 January, 2015

The government is looking in to blocking mobile phone signals in prisons

That’s after 728 were confiscated last year.

# prisons - Thursday 22 January, 2015

How many people are in prison in Ireland right now?

And how are they being trained for life outside?

# prisons - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

America will let this Muslim prisoner grow a beard

The nine justices acknowledged the validity of prison officials’ security concerns — that inmates could hide weapons or other contraband inside their whiskers.

# prisons - Tuesday 23 December, 2014

Conjugal visits for Irish prisoners 'should be considered'

“Sex is a natural thing,” says Wheatfield Prison governor Colm Bartley

# prisons - Friday 19 December, 2014

Column: We continue to put children in adult prisons. It is utterly unacceptable.

Young people have the highest rates of reoffending, but they also have the greatest capacity for change – scientific evidence proves this.

# prisons - Monday 17 November, 2014

Are prisoners being freed temporarily to relieve overcrowding?

Fianna Fáil believes that temporary release is being used to ease overcrowding in some prisons.

# prisons - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Heroin, cocaine and 14 mobile phones found in one wing of Mountjoy Prison

The search was based on intelligence gathered.

# prisons - Thursday 9 October, 2014

Prison officers say they're told to "cover their arses"

The Inspector of Prisons has criticised the lack of accountability among prison officers.

# prisons - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Both sides 'disappointed' as officers picket outside Cloverhill prison

The officers claim staffing levels are dangerously low.

# prisons - Sunday 14 September, 2014

Mountjoy unit with 'air of neglect and decay' closed after damning report

The Inspector of Prisons had said prisoners in the unit were inactive and the unit was ‘dirty’during his visits.

# prisons - Friday 12 September, 2014

Inspector criticises management in deaths of 24 prisoners

The deaths occurred between January 2012 and June 2014.

# prisons - Thursday 11 September, 2014

Three child detention centres to be made into just one

The schools are on the same campus but are to be brought under one director.

# prisons - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Man charged with murdering wife is found dead in prison cell

Marius Sarzynski was found by prison staff last night.

# prisons - Monday 18 August, 2014

Over 90% of the beds in Irish prisons are taken

Annual reports from five prison visiting committees were published today.

# prisons - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Opinion: Once again, we've heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights

Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.

# prisons - Monday 19 May, 2014

Prison body wants a dedicated strategy for Travellers leaving prisons

The Irish Penal Reform Trust wants ethnic monitoring in prison

# prisons - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Women prisoners are 'significantly more likely' to use drugs

Heroin use among prisoners was at 11 per cent last month.

# prisons - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Shatter orders urgent investigation into the recording of prisoner phone calls

The minister has charged the the Inspector of Prisons to carry out the investigation.

Penal Reform Trust to Prison Service: Prisoners deserve an apology along with lawyers

The Irish Penal Reform Trust have also questioned how the issue of phone recording could remain hidden for four years.

Prison Service to apologise for recording over 2,800 phonecalls

The Prison Service believes that another 1,000 calls relate to prisoners who are no longer in custody.

# prisons - Friday 7 March, 2014

Women's prison population one third over capacity

Poor living conditions and substandard visiting conditions in state’s two female prisons.

# prisons - Friday 21 February, 2014

Use of 23-hour solitary confinement has dropped by 76% in nine months

Irish prisons are attempting to limit the use of restrictive regimes.

# prisons - Monday 10 February, 2014

64: The number of prisoners escaped since 1996 still at large

The Irish Prison Service is in charge of prisoners, but if they abscond gardaí are informed.

# prisons - Monday 23 December, 2013

249 prisoners to be released from Irish jails over Christmas

Just over 6 per cent of Ireland’s prison population will be given varying periods of release from jail over the festive period.

# prisons - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

902 prisoners abscond over 10 years - 58 are still at large

Four prisoners were recently recaptured – including one who had absconded in 2002.

# prisons - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

17 prisoners declined parole review in 2012

The annual Parole Board review for 2012 was published today.

# prisons - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Column: Irish prisoners raising cattle for an African community feel a sense of atonement

‘Helping people to help themselves’ is our mantra at Bóthar, which is why we involve prisons, schools and community organisations in helping the world’s most vulnerable, writes Peter Ireton.

# prisons - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Shatter responds to concerns about Irish prisons

Reports by the Department of Justice were published today and found that there were many areas to be praised – but also many that needed work.

# prisons - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Irish prison system 'over-reliant' on prolonged solitary confinement

The Irish Penal Reform Trust said today that extended periods of isolation can cause harm to prisoners’ mental health and make rehabilitation impossible.

# prisons - Saturday 13 July, 2013

36 per cent of prisoners in Irish jails serving at least five years

Just 17 women out of a total of 966 people, are serving sentences of more than seven years, mostly at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.

# prisons - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

'Slopping out' to end in Mountjoy this year

Meanwhile, Operation Acer has seen a reduction of burglaries by more than 10 per cent since its introduction.

# prisons - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Majority of criminals re-offend within three years

A major new study has found that convicted burglars re-offended seventy nine per cent of the time.