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The Irish Examiner: Limit prison to only most serious offences

10th November 2016

Figures on recidivism were issued by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), based on a 2010 cohort of prisoners. Figures on recidivism based on Probation Orders and Community Service Orders were also issued by the CSO for 2010's cohort.

Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Acting Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, is quoted in the article as saying that too many people were sent to prison for minor offences and that, as institutions, jails did not always work in cutting re-offending.

“Prison is damaging in itself and that’s why it should be limited to the most serious offences”.

Ms Ní Chinnéide said. She argued, in many cases, inmates were released back into a society with few or any of the issues that prompted their initial offending having been addressed.

She also said that schemes that work with young offenders should be extended up to the age of 24.

Read the article here.

To read more about figures on recidivism issued by the CSO, based on the 2010 cohort of prisoners click here.To read more about figures on recidivism based on Probation Orders and Community Service Orders issued by the CSO for 2010's cohort, click here.