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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: 0°C

# solitary

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Nine prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for over 12 months
The Irish Prison Service has said the safety of inmates is paramount.
Almost 250 inmates in Irish prisons separated from general population
The largest number on restricted regime was in Wheatfield Prison.
Use of 23-hour solitary confinement has dropped by 76% in nine months
Irish prisons are attempting to limit the use of restrictive regimes.
40 per cent of prisoners in St Patrick's are on protection
Prisoners at the institution, which houses offenders aged 16 to 21, are placed on protection when they are under threat from other inmates or pose a risk to the prison population.
UN calls for an end to solitary confinement as punishment
The UN’s lead investigator on torture has called using solitary confinement as a punishment “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” – which can amount to “torture”.