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# Prison
Reports reveal issues in Irish prisons
The 2010 reports on Ireland’s prisons reveal the issues that are affecting staff and prisoners – from smuggled mobile phones to gangs.
# Prisons
Focus should be on better conditions - not more prisons
There are currently almost 5,000 prisoners in Irish prisons, and the Irish Penal Reform trust says the Government should focus on making prison conditions better: not building more prisons.
# Prisons
Plan to cut prison numbers by boosting community service
New legislation will force judges to consider community work instead of jail for minor offenders.
# Venezuela
In Pictures: Riots leave at least three dead in Venezuelan prisons
Horrified relatives struggled to contain their emotions as they watched the violence unfold.
Deep concern expressed by UN at levels of overcrowding in Irish prisons
United Nations Committee against Torture recommends that a mechanism should be astablished to facilitate criminal complaints. It also calls the practice of slopping out “inhumane”.
# Prisons
Dáil will delay summer break to pass new prison laws
Alan Shatter says new legislation to reduce the prison population will be passed by the end of July.
Prisoners will be forced to give DNA samples for national crime database - report
A newspaper reports also says that anyone arrested for a crime carrying a jail term of five years or more could be forced to give a sample.
# Prisons
Torture watchdog slams conditions in Irish prisons
The report from a Council of Europe committee heavily criticises conditions in some of the country’s major prisons.
# Prisons
Prison system damaging to individuals and society: report
The Irish Prison Chaplains’ annual reports slams the criminal justice system and the media.
# Prisons
Number in prison to reach highest ever by next year
Prison Service warns of increased numbers imprisoned as court services resume, and Liveline callers claim they went to jail for failing to pay litter fines.