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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Irish Prison Service

Last month
February 2023
# Irish Prisons
Irish Penal Reform Trust express 'grave concern' as bed capacity reaches 100% across prison estate
Limerick’s female prison has reached highs of 164% capacity.
This year
# Andrew Gearns
Prison staff knew Cork man was suffering 'delusions' prior to fatal suicide attempt
Report finds staff did carry out a significant number of checks on cell – more than what is required by Irish Prison Service procedures.
Last year
# Investigation
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
From unfair treatment to overuse of protection regimes, Noteworthy and The Journal investigate inequality in Ireland’s justice system.
From unfair treatment to overuse of protection regimes, Noteworthy and The Journal investigate inequality in Ireland's justice system
Reports of prison staff using anti-Traveller language, with experts saying 'systematic change' and 'accountability' is needed
Traveller Advocate: There is 'structural racism in the criminal justice system'
# Mountjoy Prison
Mountjoy inmate who was injured after attack by group of prisoners has died
The Irish Prison Service confirmed his death in a statement this morning.
# Prison van attack
Garda appeal in prison van ramming incident as gang flees in Northern-registered vehicle
The prison van was returning from court to a jail with prisoners when it was attacked.
# Midlands Prison
Man accused of murdering his wife and children found dead in prison
Sameer Syed was due to stand trial next week charged with the murder of his wife and two children on 28 October 2020.
# sexual violence
Irish Prison Service to launch major review of how psychologists deal with sex offenders
The Irish Prison Service has said that the work of its psychologists would be expanded to deal with people serving sentences for sexual violence.
Prison officers call for pay rise as prison service to break away from Department of Justice
The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) began their annual conference in Sligo last night.
# jail visits
Irish Prison Service cancels in person visits to inmates in all jails in response to Covid-19
Family visits will be temporarily suspended from 10 January until 24 January, 2022.
All time
# cork prison
Prison watchdog: Cork inmates afraid to talk to inspectors for fear of reprisal by authorities
The report recorded claims by one inmate that a Black prisoner had been referred to by a prison officer as “a raisin in a bowl of rice”.
# Covid-19
Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks
There are at least 63 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among inmates.
# tiktok
Irish Prison Service 'aware' of TikTok video claiming to be filmed in Mountjoy Prison
The video has been viewed more than 400,000 times.
# Vaccines
1,200 inmates receive Covid vaccines as wider roll-out to prisons begins
The vaccinations will be administered by staff from the National Ambulance Service.
# Isolation
Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining
The Irish Prison Service has “poor adherence” with laws on handling prisoner complaints, report finds.
# covid jab
HSE confirms prison nurses will be vaccinated as frontline healthcare workers - but timeline remains unclear
Some prison nurses were told they would not be included in the healthcare worker stage of the vaccine roll-out at all.
# Prison
Woman becomes first confirmed Covid-19 case in Irish prison system
It is understood the woman has been in quarantine since her incarceration.
# Irish Prison Service
Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons
Limits on visiting were introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.
# Covid-19
Fifty-five prisoners granted temporary release since start of March re-arrested
Thirty-seven of the 55 were re-arrested for allegedly committing a range of criminal offences.
# Irish Prison Service
Prison visits to resume across two phases
The Irish Prison Service suspended visits in March because of the pandemic.
# new report
Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019
The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.
# 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.
# covid-19 measures
Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons
“Difficulties do exist in implementing social distancing on the basis that over 52% of prisoners share cells,” a prison spokesperson said.
# Prison
Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine'
Alcohol-based sanitiser was banned after prisoners drank a concoction of handwash and prescription drugs in 2014.
# Irish Prison Service
Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'
Concerns had already been raised about how the Irish Prison Service would cope with Covid-19.
# Irish Prison Service
Irish Prison Service set to spend €1.3 million on inmate clothing
Boxers must be a 50-50 cotton-polyester mix and be washable at 40ºC.
# Coronavirus
'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
The Irish Penal Reform Trust has said that overcrowded prisons make it harder to control the spread of the viruses.
# Prison reform
Central Mental Hospital is at full capacity, prisoners with severe conditions wait 120 days for transfer
There are also currently 614 prisoners on a waiting list for an intervention from prison psychology services.
# at large
Investigation launched after prisoner escapes custody while attending University Hospital Limerick
The man escaped from the custody of prison officers through a window at the hospital shortly before 2pm.
# Strategic Plan
Irish prison strategy aims to tackle threat of drones but overcrowding remains major challenge
The Justice Minister launched the Irish Prison Service Strategic Plan 2019-2022 yesterday.
# Released
Convicted child sex offender Tom Humphries released from Midlands Prison
The former sports journalist was jailed for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child.
# Irish Prison Service
Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds
The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.
Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy
Ex prisoners took to the stage to deliver talks to an audience of prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers, and employers, writes Nikki Gallagher.
# Escaped
Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving treatment at St James's Hospital in Dublin
The incident happened at around 10am this morning.
# Irish Prison Service
Boy awarded €35,000 after contracting TB from dad who picked it up from prisoners at work
The judge said the boy had “suffered a nasty little life experience” but had fortunately fully recovered.
# Whistleblower
Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February
The examination of claims by a prison officer was ordered by the Justice Minister in November.
# bugged
Alleged use of tracking devices on cars of Irish prison officers to be probed by Inspector of Prisons
Revelations that officers’ vehicles had been bugged were published today in the Irish Examiner.
# Prison Break
Search launched after prisoner escapes from Dublin courthouse
The man escaped from the Cloverhill court in Clondalkin, west Dublin this morning.
# pastoral care
Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates
There are vacancies in a number of prisons including Mountjoy.
# protected disclosure
Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices
Another case under consideration from 2016 involves allegations of penalisation.
# Justice
'Prison is for dangerous criminals': Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines
More than 2,000 people were sent to prison for failure to pay a court-imposed fine last year.