The Irish Prison Service Statistics Office has published its Census of Restricted Regimes for July 2018. These reports contain information on the number of prisoners on a restricted regime, meaning that their out-of-cell time is restricted to five hours or less per day.
At the time of the July Census, 536 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime, an increase of 4% from 514 in April 2018. Of this, 30 prisoners were on a 22-hour restricted regime and 5 prisoners were on a 23-hour restricted regime. Of the 5 prisoners on a 23-hour restricted regime, 3 were under 25 years old.
Key statistics from the census for July 2018:
- 536 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime
- 489 (12% of prison population 3,967) prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 63), of which 477 were there of their own request
- 37 prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 62)
- 0 prisoners were restricted due to discipline (Rule 67, Part 3 Prisons Act 2007)
To read the census in full, visit the Irish Prison Service website.
- IPRT Report: ‘Behind the Door’: Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System
- Irish Prison Service: Census of Restricted Regimes April 2018
- Irish Prison Service: Census of Cell Occupancy and In-cell Sanitation July 2018
- Irish Prison Service: Policy on the Elimination of Solitary Confinement