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#Prisons

# prisons - Wednesday 31 August, 2022

Judges to be able to set minimum life sentences as changes to Ireland's penal system announced
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Judges to be able to set minimum life sentences as changes to Ireland's penal system announced

Aug 31st 2022, 12:51 PM 13,715 Views 27 Comments

The plan is to keep non-violent offenders out of prison to reduce overcrowding.

# prisons - Friday 20 May, 2022

Irish Prison Service to launch major review of how psychologists deal with sex offenders
# Sexual Violence
# Sexual Violence

Irish Prison Service to launch major review of how psychologists deal with sex offenders

May 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,390 Views 14 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has said that the work of its psychologists would be expanded to deal with people serving sentences for sexual violence.

# prisons - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Report finds minority groups in Irish prisons can face 'aggression and name calling' from staff
# Prisons
# Prisons

Report finds minority groups in Irish prisons can face 'aggression and name calling' from staff

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 9:00 AM 8,707 Views 0 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has recommended mandatory anti-racism training that is embedded in prison practices.

# prisons - Thursday 18 November, 2021

Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks

Nov 18th 2021, 11:25 AM 10,353 Views 9 Comments

There are at least 63 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among inmates.

# prisons - Friday 11 June, 2021

Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining
# Isolation
# Isolation

Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining

Jun 11th 2021, 10:41 PM 25,718 Views 61 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has “poor adherence” with laws on handling prisoner complaints, report finds.

# prisons - Monday 19 April, 2021

Prison officers defend withdrawal of 'goodwill' duties over concerns about when they'll be vaccinated
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Prison officers defend withdrawal of 'goodwill' duties over concerns about when they'll be vaccinated

Apr 19th 2021, 9:40 AM 16,666 Views 21 Comments

Officers say they have received no response from the government about the issue since December.

# prisons - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Report details case of mentally ill inmate found lying naked on floor of cell
# Prisons
# Prisons

Report details case of mentally ill inmate found lying naked on floor of cell

Updated Nov 24th 2020, 4:30 PM 37,657 Views 25 Comments

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture has published a report on Irish prisons today.

# prisons - Friday 21 August, 2020

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year
# Prisoners
# Prisoners

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year

Aug 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 27,054 Views 36 Comments

The total figure is a decrease from 465 people in January 2014.

# prisons - Monday 17 August, 2020

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons

Aug 17th 2020, 3:46 PM 11,665 Views 6 Comments

Limits on visiting were introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

# prisons - Monday 15 June, 2020

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019
# New Report
# New Report

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019

Jun 15th 2020, 12:05 PM 12,589 Views 25 Comments

The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.

# prisons - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons
# Covid-19 Measures
# Covid-19 Measures

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons

Mar 31st 2020, 7:24 PM 14,605 Views 16 Comments

“Difficulties do exist in implementing social distancing on the basis that over 52% of prisoners share cells,” a prison spokesperson said.

# prisons - Friday 27 March, 2020

Public transport services to be reduced from next week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Public transport services to be reduced from next week

Updated Mar 27th 2020, 1:45 PM 72,409 Views 47 Comments

Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.

# prisons - Friday 13 March, 2020

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'

Mar 13th 2020, 9:07 PM 49,056 Views 103 Comments

Concerns had already been raised about how the Irish Prison Service would cope with Covid-19.

# prisons - Monday 9 March, 2020

Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures

Mar 9th 2020, 2:48 PM 41,511 Views 30 Comments

Family visits were restricted to prevent transmission in prisons, causing increased tensions.

# prisons - Thursday 5 March, 2020

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons

Mar 5th 2020, 6:30 AM 29,506 Views 49 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has said that overcrowded prisons make it harder to control the spread of the viruses.

# prisons - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds

Jul 25th 2019, 5:39 PM 15,335 Views 4 Comments

The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.

# prisons - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

El Chapo expected to go to 'prison of prisons' described as 'high-tech version of hell'
# Supermax
# Supermax

El Chapo expected to go to 'prison of prisons' described as 'high-tech version of hell'

Feb 13th 2019, 8:19 AM 58,894 Views 41 Comments

The facility in Colorado houses some of the United States’ most notorious criminals.

# prisons - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months
# Three Thousand Nights
# Three Thousand Nights

Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months

Feb 12th 2019, 6:10 AM 16,978 Views 61 Comments

Minister Charlie Flanagan said his officials are always working to try to reduce overcrowding.

# prisons - Thursday 19 April, 2018

'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say
# Violent Attacks
# Violent Attacks

'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say

Apr 19th 2018, 8:41 AM 6,377 Views 27 Comments

Jim Mitchell, from the Prison Officers’ Association. has said the official figures “don’t reflect” the situation on the ground.

# prisons - Monday 26 February, 2018

Volume of drug seizures in Irish prisons soars by 42%, as over 1,000 recorded last year
# Contraband
# Contraband

Volume of drug seizures in Irish prisons soars by 42%, as over 1,000 recorded last year

Feb 26th 2018, 9:18 AM 7,186 Views 18 Comments

557 weapons were also seized in Irish prisons last year.

# prisons - Thursday 31 August, 2017

An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week
# Contraband
# Contraband

An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week

Aug 31st 2017, 10:01 AM 9,589 Views 48 Comments

The figure is up on last year, but way down on 2008 when about 42-a -week were seized.

# prisons - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Prison officers seized two weapons a day over the last five years
# Blades
# Blades

Prison officers seized two weapons a day over the last five years

Aug 17th 2017, 7:05 AM 6,972 Views 9 Comments

Last year alone, 435 weapons were recovered from inmates.

# prisons - Sunday 16 July, 2017

Falling crime rates mean Netherlands' prisons are being used to house asylum seekers
# Emptied Out
# Emptied Out

Falling crime rates mean Netherlands' prisons are being used to house asylum seekers

Jul 16th 2017, 11:00 AM 15,210 Views 42 Comments

They are also being turned into business hubs.

# prisons - Monday 15 May, 2017

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines
# A Fine Thing
# A Fine Thing

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines

May 15th 2017, 12:48 PM 12,679 Views 36 Comments

New legislation enacted last year is being heralded as the reason for the reduction in committals.

# prisons - Friday 28 April, 2017

'A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’
# Life On The Inside
# Life On The Inside

'A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’

Apr 28th 2017, 6:01 AM 19,836 Views 30 Comments

Prison officers outlined the dangers they face in their day-to-day jobs.

# prisons - Monday 23 January, 2017

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year
# Jailhouse Dosh
# Jailhouse Dosh

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year

Jan 23rd 2017, 7:33 AM 16,242 Views 50 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has paid out over €27 million in pocket money to prisoners since 2009.

# prisons - Monday 16 January, 2017

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre
# Riot
# Riot

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre

Jan 16th 2017, 10:45 AM 22,270 Views 14 Comments

Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.

# prisons - Friday 16 December, 2016

Significant staff shortage at Cloverhill Prison as 36 people call in sick
# Prisons
# Prisons

Significant staff shortage at Cloverhill Prison as 36 people call in sick

Dec 16th 2016, 7:30 PM 15,109 Views 79 Comments

Approximately 200 staff are supposed to work at the prison each day.

# prisons - Wednesday 7 December, 2016

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year
# On The Line
# On The Line

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year

Dec 7th 2016, 8:40 AM 7,590 Views 27 Comments

Prisoners found in possession of a mobile phone could be prosecuted.

# prisons - Saturday 26 November, 2016

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly
# Inspector Of Prisons
# Inspector Of Prisons

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly

Nov 26th 2016, 4:08 PM 17,130 Views 6 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.

# prisons - Sunday 16 October, 2016

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Opinion: 'Prison does not cure prisoners. They do not effectively punish crime'

Oct 16th 2016, 8:30 PM 8,179 Views 95 Comments

It is common knowledge that deaths from suicide and drug overdoses are common in Irish prisons, writes researcher Stephen Strauss-Walsh.

# prisons - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners
# Obama Clementia
# Obama Clementia

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners

Aug 3rd 2016, 9:45 PM 40,384 Views 80 Comments

US president has now commuted 562 sentences, more than the previous nine presidents combined.

# prisons - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week
# Prison
# Prison

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week

Jul 26th 2016, 6:03 AM 18,131 Views 31 Comments

In total, 10% of the prison population was out last Wednesday.

# prisons - Friday 15 July, 2016

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis
# Decriminalisation
# Decriminalisation

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis

Jul 15th 2016, 6:15 AM 14,421 Views 28 Comments

Major new study says jails hothouse infectious diseases, which are then passed on to the wider community.

# prisons - Friday 24 June, 2016

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates
# On The Outside
# On The Outside

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates

Jun 24th 2016, 11:27 PM 10,123 Views 33 Comments

A new prisons report is concerned with homelessness and re-offending among new releases.

# prisons - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

Over 100 young Irish adults spend 23 hours a day in a cell like this
# Lockup
# Lockup

Over 100 young Irish adults spend 23 hours a day in a cell like this

May 31st 2016, 2:40 PM 15,656 Views 62 Comments

Young adults are overrepresented in the prison population.

# prisons - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside'
# Gangland Bloodshed
# Gangland Bloodshed

'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside'

Apr 28th 2016, 6:10 AM 17,476 Views 29 Comments

The Prison Officers Association is calling for power to be removed from gangs in prison.

# prisons - Thursday 31 December, 2015

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early
# Off You Go So
# Off You Go So

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early

Dec 31st 2015, 6:00 PM 10,010 Views 8 Comments

The process was known as ‘shedding’.

# prisons - Thursday 24 December, 2015

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early
# Computer Glitch
# Computer Glitch

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

Dec 24th 2015, 2:27 PM 12,220 Views 6 Comments

“Frankly, it is maddening,” the governor of Washington state said.

# prisons - Saturday 19 December, 2015

Most criminals reoffend. So, what's the answer? Locking them up and throwing away the key?
# Column
# Column

Most criminals reoffend. So, what's the answer? Locking them up and throwing away the key?

Dec 19th 2015, 8:00 AM 984 Views 89 Comments

For repeat offenders of any crime, after a certain point there is perhaps very little we can do as a society to help them, but other countries are shaking things up, writes Aaron McKenna.

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