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# Prison

Last week
26th November 2023 - 9th December 2023
‘Children don’t deserve this’: Visiting an imprisoned parent is ‘traumatising’
Gruelling travel, harsh security and restricted interaction with parents make prison visits extremely tough for children.
‘A long way from normal’: Families say visits to prison still restricted post-pandemic
A report by
Alice Chambers
Some children only get to see their parent in-person once a month and experts are concerned that video calls are replacing visits.
Last month
November 2023
Varadkar: 'If we want dangerous people locked up for a long time, we're going to need more prison spaces'
Taoiseach says government is examining giving judges more power around sentencing.
This year
Paedophile former football coach Barry Bennell dies in prison
The ex-Crewe Alexandra coach was serving a 34-year sentence after being convicted of a number of child sex offences.
Suspected gang leader on the run after being granted bail to attend funeral in Dublin
Ray Lee (30) failed to return to the high-security Maghaberry Prison as planned last month.
Hunt for terror suspect enters third day in UK after 21-year-old man escapes from prison
Former soldier Daniel Khalife went missing in his cook’s uniform from HMP Wandsworth in London on Wednesday.
Prisoner who strangled cellmate found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility
Michael Connolly had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mark Lawlor by reason of insanity.
Prison committees flag serious concerns over inmate mental health
Reports describe severe and enduring mental health issues for many inmates, sometimes exacerbated by the risk of homelessness on release.
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski dies in US prison cell
Kaczynski pleaded guilty to killing three people and injuring 23 more during a mass bombing spree between 1978 and 1995.
Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes reports to prison in Texas for 11-year sentence
A court denied her latest request to remain free while appealing her fraud conviction.
Jail-time for assaulting Gardaí or ramming Garda vehicles to increase to 12 years
Minister for Justice Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval to amend the law.
Prison officer stabbed in face during attempted escape by inmate from Mountjoy
The injured officer is believed to be in a stable condition.
Debunked: Leo Varadkar did not say that 'biological males' shouldn't be put in female prisons
In Scotland, non-violent prisoners may still be housed according to their gender expression.
Prison inmate died after not receiving CPR for 7 minutes due to delays in opening cell
The prison authorities were also unable to contact a doctor to formally pronounce the prisoner dead after the incident in 2020.
Pregnant US inmate seeks release because unborn baby is innocent
Natalia Harrell faces a murder charge after fatally shooting another woman while taking an Uber.
Wicklow man jailed for seven years for the sexual abuse and rape of his step-niece
Tony Gummerson was 17 during the offenses while the victim was aged between seven and eight years old.
Thousands of protesters in Iran pardoned by country's supreme leader
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, has agreed to pardon or commute the sentences of a ‘significant number’ of people.
France concerned for health of French-Irish citizen on hunger strike in Iran prison
Phelan, 64, was arrested in October while travelling through a town during protests and has been accused of spreading anti-regime propaganda
Last year
Emotional Boris Becker relied on 'blood brothers' to protect him in prison
The 55-year-old was deported to Germany after being released last week.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Reporter Michelle Hennessy tells Susan Daly about Noteworthy’s latest project which examined the impact of the justice system on Travellers.
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'
Myanmar's Suu Kyi sentenced to three years for 'electoral fraud'
Journalists have been barred from proceedings in the military-built capital Naypyidaw.
Kremlin critic Navalny says he is in solitary confinement for starting union in prison
Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, was arrested in January 2021 on returning from Germany.
Lessons must be learned from death of Mountjoy prisoner, says McEntee
Robert O’Connor (34) died in hospital yesterday following an assault by a group of other inmates.
Gardaí investigating after prisoner 'seriously injured' during Mountjoy Prison incident
The man, aged in his 30s, is currently receiving treatment for serious injuries at the Mater Hospital.
Taoiseach pays emotional visit to Singapore prison camp that held his uncle
Micheal Martin’s uncle Philip Martin spent three years interned in the camp during the Second World War.
Third of UK prisoners show symptoms of 'severe anxiety disorder' due to pandemic
Decreased visiting opportunities were a major issue for most respondents.
US murder suspect and jail officer suspected of fleeing together
Authorities have said both individuals are extremely dangerous.
Arrested rugby star Ferguson details Japan prison nightmare
The player was arrested over an alleged assault and possession of illegal drugs in Tokyo last month.
Victims to be priority in new parole process, says chief executive
The new Parole Board, which for the first time is fully independent from the Minister for Justice, was launched last August.
Close associate of Jeffrey Epstein found dead in French prison
Jean-Luc Brunel, in his mid-70s, had been charged with the rape of minors and held in prison since December 2020.
Death toll rises after air strike on Yemen prison
More than 80 people have been killed after the attack in Saada province.
All time
Opinion: Ireland is tarnished by its use of prisons to house the unwanted and mentally ill
Professor Kathleen Lynch says our prison system has too long been used to incarcerate those who have additional needs.
Concerns raised over delay in hiring chief executive of new Parole Board
The new Parole Board, which for the first time is fully independent from the Minister for Justice, was launched in August.
Nine inmates escape after gang rams vehicles into Mexican prison
Authorities said the pre-dawn attack resulted in gunshot wounds to two police officers.
World Cup-winning Bayern Munich star given until 28 October to enter prison
Lucas Hernandez was arrested four years ago for violating a court order.
Search ongoing for prisoner who absconded in Cavan
It’s understood the prisoner is incarcerated on weapons and drug-related charges.
Prisoners denied showers for 14 days due to Covid quarantine
Freshly released reports also found that prisoners are not being provided with sufficient meaningful human contact.
'Prison security measures should respect human dignity': Review after solicitor says she was told to remove bra
The Taoiseach has asked the Justice Minister for a report on the matter.
Almost half of criminals released from prison re-offended within a year, new figures show
The number of offenders who go on to reoffend dropped from 54% in 2011 to 48% in 2018.