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# prisons - Friday 21 August, 2020

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

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

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

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

“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

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'

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

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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

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

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

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.

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