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# Inmates

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# Infection Control
'Everyone had to play their part': How Ireland kept Covid-19 out of its prisons
Even with the movement of staff in and out of prisons and some 700 new committals there have been no confirmed cases among inmates.
# Coronavirus
Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures
Family visits were restricted to prevent transmission in prisons, causing increased tensions.
# interest free
Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years
The loans were given for a number of reasons, including the purchases of games consoles.
# Sydney
Prisoners care for animals, including snake addicted to meth, as part of rehab programme
Officials say the scheme helps develop life skills for inmates preparing for the outside world.
# Inmates
Five people died in prison custody last year
The cause of death in all five cases is yet to be determined.
# legal limbo
White House to transfer prisoners out of Guantanamo despite Trump's demands
Trump has vowed to “load (Guantanamo) up with some bad dudes” .
# Fires
60 inmates take over part of jail in Kent
A number of fires are said to have been lit.
# Courts
Prisoner allegedly stabbed over argument about switching TV channels
Brian Veale has pleaded not guilty to murdering Graham Johnson at Cork Prison.
# Discrimination
Treatment of sick inmates in focus after death by heart attack of 65-year-old prisoner
Criticisms are contained in a report into the death of a 65-year-old man at the prison last year.
# on the inside
Gang culture on the rise in Irish prisons as increasing numbers seek protection
A visiting committee described the situation in Cloverhill prison in particular as a “logistical nightmare”.
# Prison Break
Video shows inmates escaping from Canadian prison by helicopter
The men were arrested hours after their great escape.
# disenfranchised
Prisoners can vote - so why don't they?
The voting ban in British prisons has been a source of controversy, but here, just one in five who register decide to fill in their ballot papers.
# Locked Up
These are the countries that imprison the most foreigners
There are around 1,200 Irish nationals imprisoned abroad.
# Dangerous
These are just some of the lethal homemade weapons seized in Irish prisons
The Irish Prison Service launched a confidential helpline today for inmates and members of the public to report information about contraband.
# Texas
Bus carrying 12 prisoners falls from Texas overpass onto train tracks
The Department of Public Safety could not give details on the number of deaths but said it was a fatal incident.
# mooing on a jet plane
We've sent Romania a load of pregnant cows raised by prisoners
The cows will be send to impoverished communities in the country.
# Gas Explosion
More than 100 injured in Florida jail explosion
The injured were brought to hospital and the uninjured were brought to nearby jails.
# Houston
Texas LGBT jail inmates now protected under new policy
Transgender individuals can now be housed based on the gender they identify with, under the new policy.
# Young offenders
Moving inmates from St Pat's to adult prison "won't make one iota of difference"
A prison officer in St Patrick’s says all the current problems in St Patrick’s Institution will just be recreated when the inmates move to Wheatfield Prison.
# Capital Punishment
Former death row inmates fight capital punishment
The World Congress against the death penalty opens today in Madrid, and some former inmates spoke about their thoughts on the issue.
# Italy
Women prisoners line up fashion label
Italy’s biggest prison is launching a not-for-profit brand linked to LVMH luxury giant – and inmates get paid.
# Breakout
Atlanta jail tells inmates: We'll reward you if you can break out
The locks on the Fulton County Jail are so weak they’re useless – and the jail’s found a clever way to try out the new ones.
# Voting Rights
Human rights court rules that prisoners should be allowed to vote
In Ireland prisoners currently have the right to vote, but it’s not the same story across the EU. The ECHR has ruled that a blanket ban is illegal.
# open jail
Almost 500 prisoners have absconded since 2008
Thirty-three prisoners are currently listed as absconded, Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter said this week.
# Prisons
Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter
The Minister for Justice has said the planned temporary release of certain prisoners helps the “gradual reintegration” of criminals into society.
# Fire
Most Honduras fire inmates were awaiting trial - report
Officials have confirmed that 358 people died in the blaze, making it the world’s deadliest prison fire in a century.
# Prisons
Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release
Gardaí have been notified after the two inmates failed to return to their institutions.
# Miss Penitentiary
In photos: Brazilian prison crowns Miss Penitentiary 2011
Around 100 inmates participated in this year’s prison beauty pageant.
# Mountjoy
Investigation underway into Mountjoy fire
Five inmates were taken to hospital last night after a a fire broke out in the prison – which investigators believe was started deliberately.