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Prison officers: 'Prison service seems to ignore gang problem'
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Prison officers: 'Prison service seems to ignore gang problem'

Apr 26th 2012, 9:42 AM 1,785 Views 13 Comments

The annual conference of the Prison Officers Association takes place this week. Last night its president said that there is a “serious problem” with gangs within the prison system.

Families of homicide victims call for end of concurrent sentencing
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Families of homicide victims call for end of concurrent sentencing

Apr 21st 2012, 11:54 AM 3,649 Views 15 Comments

“There is terrible inequality in the Irish justice system, where the rights of victims of homicide and their families constantly fall by the wayside,” say AdVIC.

Three prisoners serving sentence for homicide offences are 'unlawfully at large'
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Three prisoners serving sentence for homicide offences are 'unlawfully at large'

Apr 21st 2012, 8:00 AM 3,771 Views 22 Comments

One prisoner absconded in 2004 while another escaped in 2010.

Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter
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Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter

Apr 8th 2012, 8:45 AM 4,635 Views 62 Comments

The Minister for Justice has said the planned temporary release of certain prisoners helps the “gradual reintegration” of criminals into society.

Building a future: Brazil turns to prisoners, slave workers for World Cup projects
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Building a future: Brazil turns to prisoners, slave workers for World Cup projects

Feb 22nd 2012, 9:39 AM 403 Views 1 Comment

World Cup organisers are using the 2014 tournament to help Brazil’s jobless find employment.

TG4 to document Limerick man's help in KGB agent's prison break
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TG4 to document Limerick man's help in KGB agent's prison break

Jan 30th 2012, 7:39 PM 3,697 Views 7 Comments

Ex-British spy George Blake was sentenced to 42 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the Soviets during the Cold War.

Prisoners sew their own lips shut in Kyrgyzstan
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Prisoners sew their own lips shut in Kyrgyzstan

Jan 29th 2012, 2:25 PM 5,184 Views 14 Comments

Hundreds have used wire or coarse twine to sew their lips together, in what they say is a protest at poor living conditions.

MSF, Amnesty accuse Libyan authorities of torture
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MSF, Amnesty accuse Libyan authorities of torture

Jan 27th 2012, 8:44 AM 674 Views 6 Comments

Medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders is suspending its operations at Misrata detention centres over the claims.

Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release
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Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release

Jan 5th 2012, 11:19 AM 3,532 Views 28 Comments

Gardaí have been notified after the two inmates failed to return to their institutions.

Prisoners detained during unrest released in Syria
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Prisoners detained during unrest released in Syria

Dec 29th 2011, 5:21 PM 839 Views 0 Comments

The Syrian government released 755 prisoners yesterday who had been detained over the past nine months of unrest. Meanwhile, observers toured Homs to see whether authorities were complying with a plan to stop the bloodshed.

160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas
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160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas

Dec 22nd 2011, 5:29 PM 2,563 Views 18 Comments

The majority of the prisoners come from lower security institutions.

Number of prisoners on 23-hour lock-up drops
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Number of prisoners on 23-hour lock-up drops

Nov 29th 2011, 11:44 AM 1,271 Views 1 Comment

The number of prisoners on 23-hour lock up has dropped from 250 in January 2010 to 178 this year. However, the Irish Penal Reform Trust says this number is still too high.

Negotiator called to Drogheda Courthouse after prisoner stand-off
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Negotiator called to Drogheda Courthouse after prisoner stand-off

Nov 25th 2011, 5:23 PM 4,618 Views 28 Comments

Six prisoners barricaded themselves into the holding area of the courthouse and refused to come out.

Focus should be on better conditions - not more prisons
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Focus should be on better conditions - not more prisons

Nov 7th 2011, 11:49 AM 501 Views 17 Comments

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.

UN calls for an end to solitary confinement as punishment
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UN calls for an end to solitary confinement as punishment

Oct 19th 2011, 1:18 PM 352 Views 7 Comments

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”.

Four adults found locked in a filthy basement in Philadelphia
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Four adults found locked in a filthy basement in Philadelphia

Oct 16th 2011, 4:23 PM 1,098 Views 24 Comments

The four were living in a boiler room. It’s thought that they were victims of social security fraud.

Burma to release 6,300 prisoners
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Burma to release 6,300 prisoners

Oct 11th 2011, 10:06 AM 131 Views 0 Comments

However, it’s not clear how many political prisoners will be among those released under the amnesty.

Gilmore accepts US assurance of no rendition flights through Shannon
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Gilmore accepts US assurance of no rendition flights through Shannon

Sep 20th 2011, 3:11 PM 597 Views 19 Comments

Eamon Gilmore says he’ll take the United States’ word that its Air Force did not carry prisoners of war through Shannon.

Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths
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Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths

May 30th 2011, 7:22 PM 529 Views 0 Comments

Judge Michael Reilly says that investigations into the deaths of prisoners do not meet the standards of international best practice and lack consistency across the country’s 14 prisons.

Column: Our degrading prison system is a shameful vision of the past
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Column: Our degrading prison system is a shameful vision of the past

May 28th 2011, 1:52 PM 21 Views 7 Comments

Our jails haven’t changed all that much since the damp corridors of Kilmainham – and visitors lose their dignity almost as much as inmates, writes court reporter Abigail Rieley.

Two found dead in their prison cells but deaths not related
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Two found dead in their prison cells but deaths not related

May 5th 2011, 2:03 PM 1,067 Views 0 Comments

The man and woman are reported to have hanged themselves in separate wings of the prison in south Belfast. An investigation has begun.

Search continues for over 480 Afghan prisoners who dug their way out of jail
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Search continues for over 480 Afghan prisoners who dug their way out of jail

Apr 26th 2011, 11:30 AM 424 Views 0 Comments

Prisoners spent five months digging the tunnel and preparing for their escape – and just over four hours getting out through it.

Obama approves resumption of Guantanamo military trials
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Obama approves resumption of Guantanamo military trials

Mar 7th 2011, 8:53 PM 818 Views 0 Comments

Trials at the controversial detention facility in Cuba had been suspended two years ago on Obama’s orders, but president now says that ban will be lifted.