Facts:
  • 1. There are 3,994 people in prison custody in Ireland (01 June 2018)
  • 2. The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 82 per 100,000 of the general population (May 2018).
  • 3. The prison population increased by 400% from 1970 to 2011.
  • 4. In 2017, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €68,635.
  • 5. In 2017 there were 4,900 prisoners committed serving sentences of less than 12 months.
  • 6. The majority of Irish prisoners have never sat a State exam and over half left school before the age of 15.
  • 7. Four in ten children (under 16 years) on custodial remand have a learning disability. (Anderson & Graham 2007)
  • 8. From 1996 to 2017, the numbers in custody increased by 68% (2,191 to 3,680).
  • 9. There are 53 people in prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation (April 2018).
  • 10. In 2017, there were 2,261 committals to prison for the non-payment of court-ordered fines, a decrease from 8,439 in 2016.
  • 11. Committals under immigration decreased to 418 in 2017 from 421 in 2016.
  • 12.In 2017 the number of committals under sentence of children aged 17 was 13.
  • 13. The number of sentenced committals for road traffic offences decreased from 3,791 in 2016 to 982 in 2017.
  • 14. The average number of females in custody was 144 in 2017, a 2.9% increase on the 2016 average of 140.
  • 15. In 2015, the annual cost per child in child detention schools was €340,983 (This statistic relates specifically to Oberstown Children Detention Campus)
  • 16. Dóchas women’s prison is operating at 150% of its recommended maximum capacity. (01 June 2018)
  • 17. Prisoners in Ireland are 25 times more likely to come from (and return to) a seriously deprived area.
  • 18. In April 2018, of 514 restricted regime prisoners: 20 were Rule 62; 475 were Rule 63 (voluntary); 12 were Rule 63 (involuntary); and 4 were Rule 64. .
  • 19. The overall daily average number of prisoners in custody in 2017 was 3,680 compared to 3,718 in 2016, a decrease of 1.1%.
  • 20. 85% of fine defaulters are back in custody within four years.
  • 21. The the daily average number of female offenders in custody rose by 29% in the ten year period between 2006 and 2016.
  • 22. As of April 2018, 1,722 (44%) prisoners were required to use the toilet in the presence of another prisoner.
  • 23. Committals under sentence of less than 3 months decreased by 69.3% (from 8,820 in 2016 to 2,704 in 2017).
  • 24. On 30 November 2017, 736 prisoners were on remand.
  • 25. In 2008, of 520 prisoners who enrolled in school at Mountjoy Prison, 20% could not read or write and 30% could only sign their names.
  • 26. As of April 2018, 2,047 (53%) prisoners were accommodated in single cells. This is an increase on July 2014 figures of 1,978 (49%) prisoners.
  • 27. As of April 2018, 29 prisoners held on a restricted regime were aged 18-20.
  • 28. As of April 2018, there were 416 sentenced prisoners aged 50+. As of August 2014, there were only 355 sentenced prisoners aged 50+ (11.4% of sentenced prison population).
  • 29. A third (33.3%) of all persons committed to prison in 2017 declared Dublin as their county of residence.
  • 30. Numbers committed with a life sentence increased from 16 in 2016 to 22 in 2017.
  • 31. According to the April 2018 census of restricted regimes, there are 12 prisoners being held on 22+ lock-up. This is a decrease of 73 (86%) on January 2018, and a 199 (94%) decrease since the commencement of the survey in July 2013.
  • 32. In 2011, over 70% of prisoners were unemployed on committal and a similar percentage self-report as not having any particular trade or occupation.

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