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# Prisons
17 prisoners declined parole review in 2012
The annual Parole Board review for 2012 was published today.
Voices
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.
# visiting reports
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.
# Solitary Confinement
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.
# Sentencing
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.
# Justice
'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.
# Crime
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.
# off the rock
50 years ago, these last prisoners left Alcatraz forever
These archive pictures show the final working hours of one of the world’s most notorious jails.
# Not the News
Fine Gael TDs on Twitter and free GP care : The week's news skewed
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
Prison officers: 'We can't deal with 16-year-olds - we're not child carers'
The Prison Officers Association says members need special training to deal with underage inmates – and they don’t get it.
# Report
St Patrick's report positive - but says violence and gangs are still a problem
The report said that housing 16 and 17 year olds continues to be a challenge at the prison.
# Prisons
In numbers: the state of Ireland’s prisons in 2011
The cost of detaining a prisoner in Irish jails fell last year – but to what?
# Human Rights
Mental health services inadequate, prisons below standards - Amnesty
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.
# Young offenders
'Disturbing issues' uncovered by probe of St Patrick's youth institution
The Inspector of Prisons is undertaking a “far reaching” inquiry into the institution, where 16 and 17-year-olds are held.
# open jail
Almost 500 prisoners have absconded since 2008
Thirty-three prisoners are currently listed as absconded, Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter said this week.
# Prisons
Prisoners on temporary release will 'pose no risk to public' insists Shatter
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
Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
However, the number of prison staff has actually fallen over the last five years.
# Prisons
Prison officer 'slashed across face and hands with razor blades'
The Prison Officers Association is warning that overcrowding in prisons makes attacks on other prisoners and prison officers more likely.
# Prisons
Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter
The Minister for Justice has said the planned temporary release of certain prisoners helps the “gradual reintegration” of criminals into society.
# Prisons
Funding secured to end detention of children in adult prison
The €50m funding will mean the end of housing underage offenders in St Patrick’s Institution, which is an adult prison.
# Jail Break
Prisoner has been on the run since 1995
Joint Oireachtas Committee hears that there are 19 prisoners unlawfully at large – one for 17 years.
# Prisons
GRA chief warns of 'risk to public safety' over escaped prisoner incident
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.
# Prisons
Garda killer had escaped from same prison before
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.
# Escaped
GRA questions holding garda killer in low-security facility
The Garda Representative Association has also called for tougher sentences for certain murders, such as the killing of gardaí.
Voices
Column: 7 essential ways to fix our broken prison system
Our prisons have become pressure cookers, bursting at the seams and increasingly difficult to police. Eoin O’Carroll sets out new ideas for reform.
# Prisons
Call for radical change in Irish prison policy
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
Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'
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’.
# Prison Conditions
Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison
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
Parts of Limerick Prison 'not fit for purpose' - report
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
Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release
Gardaí have been notified after the two inmates failed to return to their institutions.
# criminal justice
160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas
The majority of the prisoners come from lower security institutions.
Voices
Column: Long jail terms don’t work in tackling crime – no matter what ‘common sense’ says
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.
# Prisoners
Number of prisoners on 23-hour lock-up drops
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.