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Cloverhill inmates coaxed down from prison roof with snack boxes
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Cloverhill inmates coaxed down from prison roof with snack boxes

Aug 5th 2015, 10:36 AM 26,625 Views 83 Comments

Negotiators spoke with the prisoners for over 12 hours.

Cloverhill riot: Prisoners injured, two climb onto roof
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Cloverhill riot: Prisoners injured, two climb onto roof

Jul 29th 2015, 10:51 PM 39,691 Views 89 Comments

Officers in riot gear were sent to deal with the protest, after attempts to resolve it via negotiation failed.

Manhunt underway for escaped prisoner
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Manhunt underway for escaped prisoner

Jul 15th 2015, 7:03 PM 22,208 Views 23 Comments

Two men escaped but one has been recaptured.

Sex offenders will be electronically tagged, just not yet
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Sex offenders will be electronically tagged, just not yet

Jul 8th 2015, 1:03 PM 8,377 Views 8 Comments

At present there is no provision in the Act for the electronic tagging of sex offenders.

These are just some of the lethal homemade weapons seized in Irish prisons
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These are just some of the lethal homemade weapons seized in Irish prisons

Jul 6th 2015, 12:47 PM 21,483 Views 38 Comments

The Irish Prison Service launched a confidential helpline today for inmates and members of the public to report information about contraband.

President Higgins tells women prisoners: 'I never underestimate how difficult the time you spend here can be'
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President Higgins tells women prisoners: 'I never underestimate how difficult the time you spend here can be'

Jun 8th 2015, 5:19 PM 13,307 Views 60 Comments

“Your opinions and views matter and your voices should be heard,” he said.

Prisoner stabbed in head with 'sharpened spoon' in serious condition
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Prisoner stabbed in head with 'sharpened spoon' in serious condition

Apr 30th 2015, 3:58 PM 21,954 Views 44 Comments

The prisoner lost a huge amount of blood in the attack.

This TD thinks new prison visiting rules are "incredibly sinister"
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This TD thinks new prison visiting rules are "incredibly sinister"

Apr 9th 2015, 6:10 AM 18,733 Views 27 Comments

The Irish Prison Service isn’t quite sure what he’s on about though…

Prisoners, parole and politics don't - and shouldn't - mix
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Prisoners, parole and politics don't - and shouldn't - mix

Apr 8th 2015, 9:30 PM 138 Views 16 Comments

Jim O’Callaghan SC on why the power of parole should be taken from Ministers for Justice and put in independent hands.

'Irish prisons run smoothly on the goodwill of staff - that will end'
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'Irish prisons run smoothly on the goodwill of staff - that will end'

Mar 12th 2015, 10:31 AM 8,400 Views 42 Comments

Voluntary duties are to be withdrawn from prison officers under industrial action voted on yesterday.

Prison officers vote on industrial action is "an opening salvo"
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Prison officers vote on industrial action is "an opening salvo"

Mar 11th 2015, 7:15 PM 10,575 Views 35 Comments

There have been a number of attacks on officers this year.

Derek Brockwell: Search for 'violent, hardened criminal' continues, as Minister orders full report
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Derek Brockwell: Search for 'violent, hardened criminal' continues, as Minister orders full report

Feb 18th 2015, 12:40 PM 30,054 Views 122 Comments

The two prison officers stabbed by Brockwell as he made his escape are said to be recovering well in hospital.

Melanie McCarthy-McNamara killer wins High Court case over solitary confinement
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Melanie McCarthy-McNamara killer wins High Court case over solitary confinement

Feb 18th 2015, 9:05 AM 31,845 Views 72 Comments

The High Court decided that Daniel McDonnell’s constitutional rights were breached.

How many people are in prison in Ireland right now?
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How many people are in prison in Ireland right now?

Jan 22nd 2015, 6:30 AM 13,632 Views 44 Comments

And how are they being trained for life outside?

America will let this Muslim prisoner grow a beard
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America will let this Muslim prisoner grow a beard

Jan 20th 2015, 6:38 PM 10,482 Views 18 Comments

The nine justices acknowledged the validity of prison officials’ security concerns — that inmates could hide weapons or other contraband inside their whiskers.

Bus carrying 12 prisoners falls from Texas overpass onto train tracks
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Bus carrying 12 prisoners falls from Texas overpass onto train tracks

Jan 14th 2015, 5:00 PM 14,347 Views 24 Comments

The Department of Public Safety could not give details on the number of deaths but said it was a fatal incident.

Torture, abuse and a suspect's death: An RUC holding centre used during the Troubles
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Torture, abuse and a suspect's death: An RUC holding centre used during the Troubles

Jan 2nd 2015, 7:00 PM 14,429 Views 112 Comments

Bobby Hanvey was the only photographer allowed to take pictures before the building was demolished.

Almost 250 inmates in Irish prisons separated from general population
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Almost 250 inmates in Irish prisons separated from general population

Dec 26th 2014, 6:30 AM 7,353 Views 8 Comments

The largest number on restricted regime was in Wheatfield Prison.

Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’
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Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’

Dec 10th 2014, 8:00 PM 86 Views 9 Comments

Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.

There are currently 3,739 prisoners in Ireland - and we can't take many more
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There are currently 3,739 prisoners in Ireland - and we can't take many more

Dec 1st 2014, 6:45 AM 6,050 Views 44 Comments

The average capacity is 91%.

Ireland's prisons are getting more chaplains
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Ireland's prisons are getting more chaplains

Nov 27th 2014, 7:00 AM 5,567 Views 49 Comments

The aim is to have 18 chaplain roles across all Irish Prisons.

Are prisoners being freed temporarily to relieve overcrowding?
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Are prisoners being freed temporarily to relieve overcrowding?

Nov 17th 2014, 3:00 PM 6,610 Views 26 Comments

Fianna Fáil believes that temporary release is being used to ease overcrowding in some prisons.

Here's how many prisoners were given temporary release since 2009 ... and never came back
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Here's how many prisoners were given temporary release since 2009 ... and never came back

Nov 15th 2014, 7:15 AM 16,515 Views 30 Comments

Many are still deemed “unlawfully at large from custody”.

We've sent Romania a load of pregnant cows raised by prisoners
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We've sent Romania a load of pregnant cows raised by prisoners

Nov 9th 2014, 2:13 PM 13,849 Views 57 Comments

The cows will be send to impoverished communities in the country.

Opinion: If the USA practises torture, then so could any other country
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Opinion: If the USA practises torture, then so could any other country

Nov 2nd 2014, 7:30 PM 26 Views 56 Comments

Torture, as well as being abhorrent, doesn’t actually work: it yields unreliable results and can damage subsequent intelligence gathering.

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set
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Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set

Oct 11th 2014, 6:00 PM 7,876 Views 29 Comments

The new human rights commissioner said she is concerned about serious gaps in prison complaints procedures.

Artist transforms Alcatraz into tribute to political prisoners
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Artist transforms Alcatraz into tribute to political prisoners

Oct 11th 2014, 10:15 AM 6,768 Views 4 Comments

Chinese artist Weiwei has installed a number of exhibitions into the prison.

Mountjoy unit with 'air of neglect and decay' closed after damning report
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Mountjoy unit with 'air of neglect and decay' closed after damning report

Sep 14th 2014, 6:30 PM 14,015 Views 34 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons had said prisoners in the unit were inactive and the unit was ‘dirty’during his visits.

Mother of killed James Foley felt like "annoyance" to US government
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Mother of killed James Foley felt like "annoyance" to US government

Sep 12th 2014, 9:30 AM 11,755 Views 39 Comments

Diane Foley said her family was warned it would be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free James.

From white-collar criminals to murderers: Rare glimpse inside women's prison
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From white-collar criminals to murderers: Rare glimpse inside women's prison

Sep 8th 2014, 2:45 PM 14,720 Views 26 Comments

“You don’t expect to hear the sound of a crying baby in a prison”.

Closure of St Patrick’s Institution is 'unfinished' as 8 boys remain locked up
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Closure of St Patrick’s Institution is 'unfinished' as 8 boys remain locked up

Sep 7th 2014, 7:45 AM 12,710 Views 8 Comments

The Ombudsman for Children said that ‘vulnerable’ boys should be removed to Weatfield Prison.

Aaron McKenna: To combat crime, we must make prison softer
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Aaron McKenna: To combat crime, we must make prison softer

Aug 23rd 2014, 8:00 AM 82 Views 79 Comments

After taking away a person’s freedom as punishment for their crimes, we should move on to the practical question of how we can reduce their likelihood to reoffend.

Over 90% of the beds in Irish prisons are taken
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Over 90% of the beds in Irish prisons are taken

Aug 18th 2014, 7:19 PM 7,758 Views 37 Comments

Annual reports from five prison visiting committees were published today.

Sniffer dog unit at Wheatfield Prison 'compromised' after false indications – report
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Sniffer dog unit at Wheatfield Prison 'compromised' after false indications – report

Aug 18th 2014, 4:37 PM 15,385 Views 25 Comments

The sniffer dog unit are used to detect the presence of drugs on any visitors to the prison.

Mobile phones, modems and USB keys found in dissident wing of Portlaoise Prison
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Mobile phones, modems and USB keys found in dissident wing of Portlaoise Prison

Aug 12th 2014, 10:51 PM 14,044 Views 80 Comments

About 30 phones were found in the high security prison.

Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to 'slop out'
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Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to 'slop out'

Jul 25th 2014, 9:53 PM 12,291 Views 77 Comments

The Department of Justice said there is a plan in place to end ‘slopping out’ in prisons by 2015.

'One suicide within prison is too many'
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'One suicide within prison is too many'

Jun 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 5,571 Views 27 Comments

The Irish Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is calling on the government to support its pilot programme to help reduce suicide in prisons.

Poll: Do you agree with the early release of short-term prisoners?
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Poll: Do you agree with the early release of short-term prisoners?

Jun 8th 2014, 9:46 AM 10,409 Views 55 Comments

Someone jailed for four weeks can now be released after three.

'From scumbag to student': The power of prison education
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'From scumbag to student': The power of prison education

May 25th 2014, 8:00 AM 18,229 Views 54 Comments

A former prisoner, who went from drug dealer to master’s student, has called for more funding for education in prisons. He admitted it will be “a hard sell”.

More than 300 prisoners are still slopping out
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More than 300 prisoners are still slopping out

May 21st 2014, 7:30 AM 9,450 Views 95 Comments

A further 261 are held in solitary confinement, some for 23 hours a day.