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

Jun 11th 2021, 10:41 PM 25,570 Views 61 Comments

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

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

Apr 19th 2021, 9:40 AM 16,611 Views 21 Comments

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

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

Updated Nov 24th 2020, 4:30 PM 37,543 Views 25 Comments

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

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

Aug 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 26,564 Views 36 Comments

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

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

Aug 17th 2020, 3:46 PM 11,566 Views 5 Comments

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

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

Jun 15th 2020, 12:05 PM 12,358 Views 25 Comments

The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.

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

Mar 31st 2020, 7:24 PM 14,591 Views 15 Comments

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

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

Updated Mar 27th 2020, 1:45 PM 72,348 Views 47 Comments

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

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

Mar 13th 2020, 9:07 PM 49,035 Views 103 Comments

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

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

Mar 9th 2020, 2:48 PM 41,494 Views 30 Comments

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

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
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'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 29,454 Views 49 Comments

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

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

Jul 25th 2019, 5:39 PM 15,294 Views 4 Comments

The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.

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

Feb 13th 2019, 8:19 AM 58,647 Views 41 Comments

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

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

Feb 12th 2019, 6:10 AM 16,945 Views 61 Comments

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

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

Apr 19th 2018, 8:41 AM 6,353 Views 30 Comments

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

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

Feb 26th 2018, 9:18 AM 7,160 Views 18 Comments

557 weapons were also seized in Irish prisons last year.

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

Aug 31st 2017, 10:01 AM 9,499 Views 48 Comments

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

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

Aug 17th 2017, 7:05 AM 6,945 Views 9 Comments

Last year alone, 435 weapons were recovered from inmates.

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

Jul 16th 2017, 11:00 AM 14,859 Views 43 Comments

They are also being turned into business hubs.

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

May 15th 2017, 12:48 PM 12,656 Views 36 Comments

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

'A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’
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'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 19,733 Views 30 Comments

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

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

Jan 23rd 2017, 7:33 AM 16,190 Views 50 Comments

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

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

Jan 16th 2017, 10:45 AM 22,244 Views 14 Comments

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

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

Dec 16th 2016, 7:30 PM 15,062 Views 79 Comments

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

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year
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525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year

Dec 7th 2016, 8:40 AM 7,553 Views 27 Comments

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

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly
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Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly

Nov 26th 2016, 4:08 PM 17,085 Views 6 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.

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

Oct 16th 2016, 8:30 PM 7,589 Views 95 Comments

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

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

Aug 3rd 2016, 9:45 PM 40,335 Views 80 Comments

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

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

Jul 26th 2016, 6:03 AM 18,113 Views 31 Comments

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

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

Jul 15th 2016, 6:15 AM 14,378 Views 28 Comments

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

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates
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Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates

Jun 24th 2016, 11:27 PM 10,075 Views 33 Comments

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

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

May 31st 2016, 2:40 PM 15,518 Views 62 Comments

Young adults are overrepresented in the prison population.

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

Apr 28th 2016, 6:10 AM 17,434 Views 29 Comments

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

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

Dec 31st 2015, 6:00 PM 9,966 Views 8 Comments

The process was known as ‘shedding’.

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early
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Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

Dec 24th 2015, 2:27 PM 12,199 Views 6 Comments

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

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

Dec 19th 2015, 8:00 AM 949 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.

Transgender woman 'tried to remove scrotum' after being refused treatment
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Transgender woman 'tried to remove scrotum' after being refused treatment

Dec 17th 2015, 9:58 AM 17,246 Views 119 Comments

A female prisoner in an all-male prison has attempted self-harm and suicide on several occasions, according to a British MP.

Nearly half of released prisoners reoffend within three years
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Nearly half of released prisoners reoffend within three years

Dec 14th 2015, 3:20 PM 8,104 Views 72 Comments

Study finds most prisoners are convicted of new offences within months of their release.

Oscar Pistorius cell shown to journalists in official prison tour
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Oscar Pistorius cell shown to journalists in official prison tour

Dec 1st 2015, 1:52 PM 27,566 Views 18 Comments

It comes as a South African appeals court prepares to rule on whether he should be sent back to prison.

Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison
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Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison

Nov 20th 2015, 12:59 PM 23,665 Views 106 Comments

Vicky Thompson had reportedly requested to be transferred to a female jail.

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