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#Prisons

# prisons - Saturday 14 September, 2013

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

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

Sep 14th 2013, 7:00 PM 99 Views 16 Comments

‘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
# Visiting Reports
# Visiting Reports

Shatter responds to concerns about Irish prisons

Sep 12th 2013, 12:34 PM 7,025 Views 54 Comments

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
# Solitary Confinement
# Solitary Confinement

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

Jul 23rd 2013, 6:01 PM 5,530 Views 54 Comments

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
# Sentencing
# Sentencing

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

Jul 13th 2013, 8:15 AM 3,109 Views 14 Comments

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
# Justice
# Justice

'Slopping out' to end in Mountjoy this year

Jun 19th 2013, 2:36 PM 6,285 Views 45 Comments

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
# Crime
# Crime

Majority of criminals re-offend within three years

May 30th 2013, 2:38 PM 5,882 Views 68 Comments

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

# prisons - Sunday 19 May, 2013

50 years ago, these last prisoners left Alcatraz forever
# Off The Rock
# Off The Rock

50 years ago, these last prisoners left Alcatraz forever

May 19th 2013, 9:15 AM 16,669 Views 20 Comments

These archive pictures show the final working hours of one of the world’s most notorious jails.

# prisons - Saturday 11 May, 2013

Fine Gael TDs on Twitter and free GP care : The week's news skewed
# Not The News
# Not The News

Fine Gael TDs on Twitter and free GP care : The week's news skewed

May 11th 2013, 10:00 AM 5,291 Views 13 Comments

Breaking via The Mire wire: Leinster House goes wild photocopying arses, free GP care for healthy citizens, and FG TDs insult each other for Twitter practice.

# prisons - Friday 3 May, 2013

Prison officers: 'We can't deal with 16-year-olds - we're not child carers'
# Prisons
# Prisons

Prison officers: 'We can't deal with 16-year-olds - we're not child carers'

May 3rd 2013, 11:58 AM 14,081 Views 63 Comments

The Prison Officers Association says members need special training to deal with underage inmates – and they don’t get it.

# prisons - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

St Patrick's report positive - but says violence and gangs are still a problem
# Report
# Report

St Patrick's report positive - but says violence and gangs are still a problem

Jan 23rd 2013, 9:34 AM 3,621 Views 6 Comments

The report said that housing 16 and 17 year olds continues to be a challenge at the prison.

# prisons - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

In numbers: the state of Ireland’s prisons in 2011
# Prisons
# Prisons

In numbers: the state of Ireland’s prisons in 2011

Aug 7th 2012, 1:18 PM 6,828 Views 23 Comments

The cost of detaining a prisoner in Irish jails fell last year – but to what?

# prisons - Thursday 24 May, 2012

Mental health services inadequate, prisons below standards - Amnesty
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Mental health services inadequate, prisons below standards - Amnesty

May 24th 2012, 6:30 AM 1,467 Views 6 Comments

In its annual report on the state of human rights in the world, the organisation also said that the UN Security Council had not shown the same courage as those who had participated in the Arab Spring.

# prisons - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

'Disturbing issues' uncovered by probe of St Patrick's youth institution
# Young Offenders
# Young Offenders

'Disturbing issues' uncovered by probe of St Patrick's youth institution

May 22nd 2012, 5:51 PM 5,818 Views 10 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons is undertaking a “far reaching” inquiry into the institution, where 16 and 17-year-olds are held.

# prisons - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Almost 500 prisoners have absconded since 2008
# Open Jail
# Open Jail

Almost 500 prisoners have absconded since 2008

May 10th 2012, 9:22 AM 1,230 Views 9 Comments

Thirty-three prisoners are currently listed as absconded, Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter said this week.

# prisons - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

Prisoners on temporary release will 'pose no risk to public' insists Shatter
# Prisons
# Prisons

Prisoners on temporary release will 'pose no risk to public' insists Shatter

May 1st 2012, 8:27 AM 1,968 Views 42 Comments

Justice Minister Alan Shatter was responding to concerns over a new scheme that will see 150 prisoners on temporary release at any one time.

# prisons - Monday 30 April, 2012

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
# Prisons
# Prisons

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison

Apr 30th 2012, 6:27 PM 3,295 Views 47 Comments

However, the number of prison staff has actually fallen over the last five years.

# prisons - Friday 27 April, 2012

Prison officer 'slashed across face and hands with razor blades'
# Prisons
# Prisons

Prison officer 'slashed across face and hands with razor blades'

Apr 27th 2012, 7:47 AM 4,554 Views 39 Comments

The Prison Officers Association is warning that overcrowding in prisons makes attacks on other prisoners and prison officers more likely.

# prisons - Thursday 26 April, 2012

# prisons - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter
# Prisons
# Prisons

Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter

Apr 8th 2012, 8:45 AM 4,665 Views 62 Comments

The Minister for Justice has said the planned temporary release of certain prisoners helps the “gradual reintegration” of criminals into society.

# prisons - Friday 6 April, 2012

# prisons - Monday 2 April, 2012

Funding secured to end detention of children in adult prison
# Prisons
# Prisons

Funding secured to end detention of children in adult prison

Apr 2nd 2012, 4:15 PM 2,448 Views 20 Comments

The €50m funding will mean the end of housing underage offenders in St Patrick’s Institution, which is an adult prison.

# prisons - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Prisoner has been on the run since 1995
# Jail Break
# Jail Break

Prisoner has been on the run since 1995

Mar 29th 2012, 11:17 AM 5,169 Views 14 Comments

Joint Oireachtas Committee hears that there are 19 prisoners unlawfully at large – one for 17 years.

GRA chief warns of 'risk to public safety' over escaped prisoner incident
# Prisons
# Prisons

GRA chief warns of 'risk to public safety' over escaped prisoner incident

Mar 29th 2012, 9:23 AM 1,804 Views 14 Comments

Damien McCarthy condemned the reasoning behind the transfer of a convicted garda killer to a low-security prison – saying that lax adherence to established standards was resulting in a risk to public safety.

Garda killer had escaped from same prison before
# Prisons
# Prisons

Garda killer had escaped from same prison before

Mar 29th 2012, 7:13 AM 4,929 Views 40 Comments

More details have emerged in the case of Martin McDermott, who was serving time for the manslaughter of a garda when he escaped from a Cavan prison earlier this month.

# prisons - Friday 16 March, 2012

GRA questions holding garda killer in low-security facility
# Escaped
# Escaped

GRA questions holding garda killer in low-security facility

Mar 16th 2012, 12:41 PM 3,149 Views 30 Comments

The Garda Representative Association has also called for tougher sentences for certain murders, such as the killing of gardaí.

# prisons - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Column: 7 essential ways to fix our broken prison system
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: 7 essential ways to fix our broken prison system

Mar 15th 2012, 7:30 PM 137 Views 57 Comments

Our prisons have become pressure cookers, bursting at the seams and increasingly difficult to police. Eoin O’Carroll sets out new ideas for reform.

Call for radical change in Irish prison policy
# Prisons
# Prisons

Call for radical change in Irish prison policy

Mar 15th 2012, 10:59 AM 2,442 Views 19 Comments

A report by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice shows the extent of overcrowding and drug-use in Irish prisons. There was an average of 800 people in prison per day in 1970 – this grew to 4,290 in 2010.

# prisons - Monday 12 March, 2012

Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'
# Prisons
# Prisons

Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'

Mar 12th 2012, 7:09 PM 1,801 Views 3 Comments

A report by the Inspector of Prisons earlier this year had found that Limerick Prison was not fit for purpose and needed a ‘regime change’.

# prisons - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison
# Prison Conditions
# Prison Conditions

Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison

Feb 29th 2012, 1:05 PM 2,658 Views 31 Comments

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter says that building a new prison facility in Cork could comprehensively tackle overcrowding and the ongoing practice of ‘slopping out’.

# prisons - Saturday 28 January, 2012

# prisons - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Parts of Limerick Prison 'not fit for purpose' - report
# Prisons
# Prisons

Parts of Limerick Prison 'not fit for purpose' - report

Jan 17th 2012, 5:54 PM 2,996 Views 96 Comments

The Minister for Justice has expressed “shock” at a report on conditions at Limerick Prison, which highlights issues of overcrowding, cleanliness and hygiene, staffing, physical conditions and repairs.

# prisons - Thursday 5 January, 2012

Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release
# Prisons
# Prisons

Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release

Jan 5th 2012, 11:19 AM 3,547 Views 28 Comments

Gardaí have been notified after the two inmates failed to return to their institutions.

# prisons - Thursday 22 December, 2011

160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas
# Criminal Justice
# Criminal Justice

160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas

Dec 22nd 2011, 5:29 PM 2,576 Views 18 Comments

The majority of the prisoners come from lower security institutions.

# prisons - Monday 12 December, 2011

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says

Dec 12th 2011, 7:30 AM 110 Views 54 Comments

Our prisons are bursting, and yet we continue to lock more people up. To keep communities safe we need a serious rethink, writes Liam Herrick.

# prisons - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Number of prisoners on 23-hour lock-up drops
# Prisoners
# Prisoners

Number of prisoners on 23-hour lock-up drops

Nov 29th 2011, 11:44 AM 1,281 Views 1 Comment

The number of prisoners on 23-hour lock up has dropped from 250 in January 2010 to 178 this year. However, the Irish Penal Reform Trust says this number is still too high.

# prisons - Monday 21 November, 2011

Reports reveal issues in Irish prisons
# Prison
# Prison

Reports reveal issues in Irish prisons

Nov 21st 2011, 2:17 PM 2,730 Views 4 Comments

The 2010 reports on Ireland’s prisons reveal the issues that are affecting staff and prisoners – from smuggled mobile phones to gangs.