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From TheJournal.ie Woman becomes first confirmed Covid-19 case in Irish prison system Prison

Woman becomes first confirmed Covid-19 case in Irish prison system

It is understood the woman has been in quarantine since her incarceration.

From TheJournal.ie Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons Irish Prison Service

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Fifty-five prisoners granted temporary release since start of March re-arrested Covid-19

Fifty-five prisoners granted temporary release since start of March re-arrested

Thirty-seven of the 55 were re-arrested for allegedly committing a range of criminal offences.

From TheJournal.ie Prison visits to resume across two phases Irish Prison Service

Prison visits to resume across two phases

The Irish Prison Service suspended visits in March because of the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019 New Report

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

The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Everyone had to play their part': How Ireland kept Covid-19 out of its prisons Infection Control

'Everyone had to play their part': How Ireland kept Covid-19 out of its prisons

Even with the movement of staff in and out of prisons and some 700 new committals there have been no confirmed cases among inmates.

From TheJournal.ie Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons Covid-19 Measures

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine' Prison

Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine'

Alcohol-based sanitiser was banned after prisoners drank a concoction of handwash and prescription drugs in 2014.

From TheJournal.ie Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner' Irish Prison Service

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish Prison Service set to spend €1.3 million on inmate clothing Irish Prison Service

Irish Prison Service set to spend €1.3 million on inmate clothing

Boxers must be a 50-50 cotton-polyester mix and be washable at 40ºC.

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Central Mental Hospital is at full capacity, prisoners with severe conditions wait 120 days for transfer Prison Reform

Central Mental Hospital is at full capacity, prisoners with severe conditions wait 120 days for transfer

There are also currently 614 prisoners on a waiting list for an intervention from prison psychology services.

From TheJournal.ie Investigation launched after prisoner escapes custody while attending University Hospital Limerick At Large

Investigation launched after prisoner escapes custody while attending University Hospital Limerick

The man escaped from the custody of prison officers through a window at the hospital shortly before 2pm.

From TheJournal.ie Irish prison strategy aims to tackle threat of drones but overcrowding remains major challenge Strategic Plan

Irish prison strategy aims to tackle threat of drones but overcrowding remains major challenge

The Justice Minister launched the Irish Prison Service Strategic Plan 2019-2022 yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Convicted child sex offender Tom Humphries released from Midlands Prison Released

Convicted child sex offender Tom Humphries released from Midlands Prison

The former sports journalist was jailed for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child.

From TheJournal.ie Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds Irish Prison Service

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

The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy Opinion

Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy

Ex prisoners took to the stage to deliver talks to an audience of prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers, and employers, writes Nikki Gallagher.

From TheJournal.ie Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving treatment at St James's Hospital in Dublin Escaped

Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving treatment at St James's Hospital in Dublin

The incident happened at around 10am this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Boy awarded €35,000 after contracting TB from dad who picked it up from prisoners at work Irish Prison Service

Boy awarded €35,000 after contracting TB from dad who picked it up from prisoners at work

The judge said the boy had “suffered a nasty little life experience” but had fortunately fully recovered.

From TheJournal.ie Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February Whistleblower

Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February

The examination of claims by a prison officer was ordered by the Justice Minister in November.

From TheJournal.ie Alleged use of tracking devices on cars of Irish prison officers to be probed by Inspector of Prisons Bugged

Alleged use of tracking devices on cars of Irish prison officers to be probed by Inspector of Prisons

Revelations that officers’ vehicles had been bugged were published today in the Irish Examiner.

From TheJournal.ie Search launched after prisoner escapes from Dublin courthouse Prison Break

Search launched after prisoner escapes from Dublin courthouse

The man escaped from the Cloverhill court in Clondalkin, west Dublin this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates Pastoral Care

Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates

There are vacancies in a number of prisons including Mountjoy.

From TheJournal.ie Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices Protected Disclosure

Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices

Another case under consideration from 2016 involves allegations of penalisation.

From TheJournal.ie 'Prison is for dangerous criminals': Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines Justice

'Prison is for dangerous criminals': Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines

More than 2,000 people were sent to prison for failure to pay a court-imposed fine last year.

From TheJournal.ie Over 2,000 people jailed for non-payment of fines last year Court Fines

Over 2,000 people jailed for non-payment of fines last year

The latest figures shows there has been a significant drop in the number of imprisonments following new legislation.

From TheJournal.ie Man accused of murdering estranged wife Joanne Lee found dead in Mountjoy Prison Ranelagh

Man accused of murdering estranged wife Joanne Lee found dead in Mountjoy Prison

Joanne Lee’s body was found in a flat in Ranelagh.

From TheJournal.ie Prison guards are cracking down on moonshine in Irish prisons Last Of The Slammer Wine

Prison guards are cracking down on moonshine in Irish prisons

The largest amount seized was 266 pints in Castlerea Prison.

From TheJournal.ie Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection Mountjoy Prison

Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection

120 inmates were put under a protection regime in October 2016.

From TheJournal.ie 142 prisoners will be granted temporary release over Christmas Irish Prison Service

142 prisoners will be granted temporary release over Christmas

Many of the prisoners being released are nearing the end of their sentences.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years Interest Free

Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years

The loans were given for a number of reasons, including the purchases of games consoles.

From TheJournal.ie Man found dead in cell at Cloverhill Prison Cloverhill

Man found dead in cell at Cloverhill Prison

Foul play is not suspected in the man’s death.

From TheJournal.ie Prisoner was not checked for over two hours on night he died Portlaoise

Prisoner was not checked for over two hours on night he died

The Inspector of Prisons has said the people who failed in their duties in the man’s care should be held to account.

From TheJournal.ie An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week Contraband

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Families of murder victims have 'met killers on the street' after not being told of release Justice

Families of murder victims have 'met killers on the street' after not being told of release

Representatives have also said families are sometimes unclear about how long a killer will actually serve.

From TheJournal.ie 'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact' Solitary Confinement

'Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact'

A change in prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells.

From TheJournal.ie Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines A Fine Thing

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Inmate who escaped from open prison in 2015 returned to custody Loughan House

Inmate who escaped from open prison in 2015 returned to custody

John Paul Duncan was arrested by police in the UK in 2015 and extradited back to Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Man accused of killing Gareth Hutch stabbed in Mountjoy Assault

Man accused of killing Gareth Hutch stabbed in Mountjoy

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

From TheJournal.ie Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes Quitting

Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes

A new smoking policy for the prison service is currently being finalised.

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