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From TheJournal.ie El Chapo expected to go to 'prison of prisons' described as 'high-tech version of hell' Supermax This post contains videos

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months Three Thousand Nights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

557 weapons were also seized in Irish prisons last year.

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

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

Last year alone, 435 weapons were recovered from inmates.

From TheJournal.ie Falling crime rates mean Netherlands' prisons are being used to house asylum seekers Emptied Out

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

They are also being turned into business hubs.

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 '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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year Jailhouse Dosh

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre Riot

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre

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

From TheJournal.ie Significant staff shortage at Cloverhill Prison as 36 people call in sick Prisons

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year On The Line

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year

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

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly Inspector Of Prisons

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly

The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners Obama Clementia

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners

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

From TheJournal.ie Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week Prison

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week

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

From TheJournal.ie The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis Decriminalisation

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates On The Outside

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates

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

From TheJournal.ie Over 100 young Irish adults spend 23 hours a day in a cell like this Lockup

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

Young adults are overrepresented in the prison population.

From TheJournal.ie 'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside' Gangland Bloodshed

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early Off You Go So
From TheJournal.ie Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early Computer Glitch

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

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

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

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Transgender woman 'tried to remove scrotum' after being refused treatment UK

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Nearly half of released prisoners reoffend within three years Repeat Offenders

Nearly half of released prisoners reoffend within three years

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

From TheJournal.ie Oscar Pistorius cell shown to journalists in official prison tour South Africa

Oscar Pistorius cell shown to journalists in official prison tour

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

From TheJournal.ie Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison Leeds

Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison

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

From TheJournal.ie Officer 'punched prisoner, sat on his chest and poked his eye' Cloverhill

Officer 'punched prisoner, sat on his chest and poked his eye'

An anti-torture committee has raised serious concerns about conditions in Irish prisons.

From TheJournal.ie Prison officers admit they don't know what to do with prison gangs Criminals

Prison officers admit they don't know what to do with prison gangs

“This is the problem – the kind of control these people have over the general population.”

From TheJournal.ie Prisoner spent two hours on roof of Cloverhill today after retrieving drugs Prisons

Prisoner spent two hours on roof of Cloverhill today after retrieving drugs

It comes after inmates formed a pyramid to help a prisoner get on the roof of Mountjoy prison earlier this month.

From TheJournal.ie The United Nations is shining a spotlight on this guy's human rights record Review Time

The United Nations is shining a spotlight on this guy's human rights record

The United States is up for its four-year review.

From TheJournal.ie Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell Portlaoise

Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell

It’s the second death of a prisoner in 24 hours.

From TheJournal.ie There isn't much room left in Ireland's prisons Banged Up

There isn't much room left in Ireland's prisons

Two are over capacity and four are almost there.

From TheJournal.ie Over 90 mobile phones were seized in Irish prisons in six weeks Contraband

Over 90 mobile phones were seized in Irish prisons in six weeks

Nearly half of those were in Mountjoy Prison.

From TheJournal.ie Prison officers vote on industrial action is "an opening salvo" Work To Rule

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Prison sex proves being gay is a choice' - potential US presidential candidate

'Prison sex proves being gay is a choice' - potential US presidential candidate

Ben Carson has since walked back his claims.

From TheJournal.ie What goes on in Ireland's jails? Prison culture to be put under the microscope Prison Life

What goes on in Ireland's jails? Prison culture to be put under the microscope

The training and continuous development of prison staff is one aspect that will be reviewed in a major new audit.

From TheJournal.ie Isolating 'puppet master' gang leaders should stem the supply of drugs in prisons Prison Officers

Isolating 'puppet master' gang leaders should stem the supply of drugs in prisons

The Irish Prison Officers’ Association said the initiatives announced this week are nothing new.

From TheJournal.ie The government is looking in to blocking mobile phone signals in prisons Prison Cell-Phone

The government is looking in to blocking mobile phone signals in prisons

That’s after 728 were confiscated last year.

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