The Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2010 was published today.
The Annual Report discloses a further significant increase in prisoner numbers over the year with a 10% increase in the daily prison population and a 15% rise in sentenced committals. IPRT believes the situation today is even worse than disclosed in this report as the figures in the report are now 8 months out of date, and the number of prisoners in custody and on temporary release have continued to rise during 2011.
While there has been a decrease in the number of the longest category of sentences, the report points to two key factors causing this increase: (i) an alarming number of persons being sent to prison for sentences of three months or less; and (ii) a continuing steady increase in persons receiving sentences of 5-10 years, many in relation to drug offences.
Download the IPS Annual Report 2010 here.