The Irish Prison Service Annual Report for 2008 was published today, and is available online here.
The report shows dramatic increases in the numbers being committed to prison:
- an increase of 13.6% in committals to Irish prisons
- an increase of 24.6% in sentenced committals to Irish prisons
- an increase of 88.7% in committals for non-payment of court ordered fines
- an increase of 38% in prisoners serving 10 years or more, which is a direct result of mandatory and presumptive sentencing practice
- an increase of 54% in short-term sentences (3 months or less)
Other significant figures:
- 43% of all committals under sentence in 2008 were for 3 months or less; 62% were for 6 months or less.
- 87.5% of sentenced committals in 2008 were for non-violent offences.
- 93% of women committed under sentence to prison in 2008 were for non-violent offences.