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 2016, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €69,421, not including education expenditure.
  • 5. In 2016 there were 10,996 prisoners committed serving sentences of less than 12 months. This represented 90.4% of all committals to prison under sentence in 2016.
  • 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 2016, the numbers in custody increased by almost 70% (2,191 to 3,718).
  • 9. There are 53 people in prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation (April 2018).
  • 10. In 2016, there were 8,439 committals to prison for the non-payment of court ordered fines, a decrease from 9,883 in 2015.
  • 11. Committals under immigration increased to 421 in 2016 from 342 in 2015.
  • 12.In 2016 the number of committals to prison of children aged under 18 was 39; of these, 1 was 16 years old.
  • 13. The number of sentenced committals for road traffic offences decreased from 4,756 in 2015 to 3,791 in 2016.
  • 14. The average number of females in custody was 140 in 2016, a 6.9% increase on the 2015 average of 131.
  • 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 average daily number of prisoners in custody rose by over 16% in the ten year period between 2006 (3,191) to 2016 (3,718).
  • 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 13.8% (from 10,229 in 2015 to 8,820 in 2016).
  • 24. On November 30th 2016, 635 (17%) 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. Over a quarter (26.7%) of all persons committed to prison in 2016 declared Dublin as their country of residence.
  • 30. Numbers committed on a life sentence decreased from 19 in 2015 to 15 in 2016.
  • 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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