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#Prisons

# prisons - Thursday 19 April, 2018

'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.

# prisons - Monday 26 February, 2018

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.

# prisons - Thursday 31 August, 2017

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.

# prisons - Thursday 17 August, 2017

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

Last year alone, 435 weapons were recovered from inmates.

# prisons - Sunday 16 July, 2017

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

They are also being turned into business hubs.

# prisons - Monday 15 May, 2017

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.

# prisons - Friday 28 April, 2017

'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.

# prisons - Monday 23 January, 2017

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.

# prisons - Monday 16 January, 2017

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.

# prisons - Friday 16 December, 2016

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

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

# prisons - Wednesday 7 December, 2016

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year

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

# prisons - Saturday 26 November, 2016

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly

The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.

# prisons - Sunday 16 October, 2016

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.

# prisons - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners

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

# prisons - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week

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

# prisons - Friday 15 July, 2016

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.

# prisons - Friday 24 June, 2016

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.

# prisons - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

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

Young adults are overrepresented in the prison population.

# prisons - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'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.

# prisons - Thursday 31 December, 2015

# prisons - Thursday 24 December, 2015

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

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

# prisons - Saturday 19 December, 2015

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.

# prisons - Thursday 17 December, 2015

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.

# prisons - Monday 14 December, 2015

Nearly half of released prisoners reoffend within three years

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

# prisons - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

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.

# prisons - Friday 20 November, 2015

Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison

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

# prisons - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Officer ‘punched prisoner, sat on his chest and poked his eye’

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

# prisons - Wednesday 4 November, 2015

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.”

# prisons - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

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.

# prisons - Monday 11 May, 2015

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

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

# prisons - Saturday 9 May, 2015

Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell

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

# prisons - Sunday 5 April, 2015

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

Two are over capacity and four are almost there.

# prisons - Thursday 19 March, 2015

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

Nearly half of those were in Mountjoy Prison.

# prisons - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

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

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

# prisons - Thursday 5 March, 2015

'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.

# prisons - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

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.

# prisons - Saturday 7 February, 2015

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.

# prisons - Saturday 31 January, 2015

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

That’s after 728 were confiscated last year.

# prisons - Thursday 22 January, 2015

How many people are in prison in Ireland right now?

And how are they being trained for life outside?

# prisons - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

America will let this Muslim prisoner grow a beard

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

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