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#Prisons

# prisons - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Report details case of mentally ill inmate found lying naked on floor of cell
# Prisons
# Prisons

Report details case of mentally ill inmate found lying naked on floor of cell

Updated Nov 24th 2020, 4:30 PM 37,456 Views 25 Comments

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture has published a report on Irish prisons today.

# prisons - Friday 21 August, 2020

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year
# Prisoners
# Prisoners

51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year

Aug 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 26,275 Views 36 Comments

The total figure is a decrease from 465 people in January 2014.

# prisons - Monday 17 August, 2020

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons

Aug 17th 2020, 3:46 PM 11,490 Views 5 Comments

Limits on visiting were introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

# prisons - Monday 15 June, 2020

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019
# New Report
# New Report

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019

Jun 15th 2020, 12:05 PM 12,117 Views 25 Comments

The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.

# prisons - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons
# Covid-19 Measures
# Covid-19 Measures

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons

Mar 31st 2020, 7:24 PM 14,584 Views 15 Comments

“Difficulties do exist in implementing social distancing on the basis that over 52% of prisoners share cells,” a prison spokesperson said.

# prisons - Friday 27 March, 2020

Public transport services to be reduced from next week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Public transport services to be reduced from next week

Updated Mar 27th 2020, 1:45 PM 72,310 Views 47 Comments

Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.

# prisons - Friday 13 March, 2020

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'

Mar 13th 2020, 9:07 PM 49,016 Views 103 Comments

Concerns had already been raised about how the Irish Prison Service would cope with Covid-19.

# prisons - Monday 9 March, 2020

Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Six prisoners in Italy die from methadone overdoses during protest over Covid-19 measures

Mar 9th 2020, 2:48 PM 41,490 Views 30 Comments

Family visits were restricted to prevent transmission in prisons, causing increased tensions.

# prisons - Thursday 5 March, 2020

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons

Mar 5th 2020, 6:30 AM 29,382 Views 49 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has said that overcrowded prisons make it harder to control the spread of the viruses.

# prisons - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds

Jul 25th 2019, 5:39 PM 15,270 Views 4 Comments

The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.

# prisons - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

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

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

Feb 13th 2019, 8:19 AM 58,566 Views 41 Comments

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

# prisons - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

Over 3,400 cases of prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors in past three months
# Three Thousand Nights
# Three Thousand Nights

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

Feb 12th 2019, 6:10 AM 16,936 Views 61 Comments

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

# prisons - Thursday 19 April, 2018

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

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

Apr 19th 2018, 8:41 AM 6,344 Views 27 Comments

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
# Contraband
# Contraband

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

Feb 26th 2018, 9:18 AM 7,155 Views 18 Comments

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
# Contraband
# Contraband

An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week

Aug 31st 2017, 10:01 AM 9,452 Views 48 Comments

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
# Blades
# Blades

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

Aug 17th 2017, 7:05 AM 6,938 Views 9 Comments

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
# Emptied Out
# Emptied Out

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

Jul 16th 2017, 11:00 AM 14,683 Views 42 Comments

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
# A Fine Thing
# A Fine Thing

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines

May 15th 2017, 12:48 PM 12,653 Views 36 Comments

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.’
# Life On The Inside
# 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.’

Apr 28th 2017, 6:01 AM 19,677 Views 30 Comments

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
# Jailhouse Dosh
# Jailhouse Dosh

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

Jan 23rd 2017, 7:33 AM 16,164 Views 50 Comments

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
# Riot
# Riot

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre

Jan 16th 2017, 10:45 AM 22,231 Views 15 Comments

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
# Prisons
# Prisons

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

Dec 16th 2016, 7:30 PM 15,039 Views 79 Comments

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
# On The Line
# On The Line

525 phones confiscated from Irish prisons so far this year

Dec 7th 2016, 8:40 AM 7,535 Views 27 Comments

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
# Inspector Of Prisons
# Inspector Of Prisons

Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly

Nov 26th 2016, 4:08 PM 17,068 Views 6 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.

# prisons - Sunday 16 October, 2016

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

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

Oct 16th 2016, 8:30 PM 7,162 Views 112 Comments

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
# Obama Clementia
# Obama Clementia

Obama makes history by pardoning the sentences of 214 prisoners

Aug 3rd 2016, 9:45 PM 40,320 Views 80 Comments

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
# Prison
# Prison

Three convicted murderers were out on temporary release last week

Jul 26th 2016, 6:03 AM 18,108 Views 31 Comments

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
# Decriminalisation
# Decriminalisation

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

Jul 15th 2016, 6:15 AM 14,370 Views 28 Comments

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
# On The Outside
# On The Outside

Irish prisons need to have a better plan for released inmates

Jun 24th 2016, 11:27 PM 10,053 Views 33 Comments

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
# Lockup
# Lockup

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

May 31st 2016, 2:40 PM 15,508 Views 62 Comments

Young adults are overrepresented in the prison population.

# prisons - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside'
# Gangland Bloodshed
# Gangland Bloodshed

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

Apr 28th 2016, 6:10 AM 17,421 Views 29 Comments

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

# prisons - Thursday 31 December, 2015

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early
# Off You Go So
# Off You Go So

Irish prisons ran out of overtime cash in 1984 - so they started letting prisoners go early

Dec 31st 2015, 6:00 PM 9,961 Views 8 Comments

The process was known as ‘shedding’.

# prisons - Thursday 24 December, 2015

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early
# Computer Glitch
# Computer Glitch

Whoops: Over 3,000 US prisoners mistakenly freed early

Dec 24th 2015, 2:27 PM 12,197 Views 6 Comments

“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?
# Column
# Column

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

Dec 19th 2015, 8:00 AM 910 Views 86 Comments

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
# UK

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

Dec 17th 2015, 9:58 AM 17,216 Views 119 Comments

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
# Repeat Offenders
# Repeat Offenders

Nearly half of released prisoners reoffend within three years

Dec 14th 2015, 3:20 PM 8,095 Views 72 Comments

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
# South Africa
# South Africa

Oscar Pistorius cell shown to journalists in official prison tour

Dec 1st 2015, 1:52 PM 27,564 Views 18 Comments

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
# Leeds
# Leeds

Investigation after transgender woman found dead in all-male prison

Nov 20th 2015, 12:59 PM 23,659 Views 106 Comments

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'
# Cloverhill
# Cloverhill

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

Nov 17th 2015, 10:32 AM 10,780 Views 26 Comments

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
# Criminals
# Criminals

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

Nov 4th 2015, 2:35 PM 14,643 Views 47 Comments

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

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