The Irish Prison Service Statistics Office has published the Census of Restricted Regimes January 2019. The census contains 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 January census, 570 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime, a decrease of 7% from 613 in October 2018. Of this, 38 prisoners were on a 22-hour restricted regime and 2 prisoners were on a 23-hour restricted regime. Key statistics from the census for January 2019:
- 570 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime
- 531 (13% of prison population 3,985) prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 63), of which 520 were there of their own request.
- 33 prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 62)
- 6 prisoners were restricted due to medical reasons (Rule 64
- 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: ‘Behind the Door’: Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System
- Irish Prison Service: Census of Restricted Regimes October 2018
- Irish Prison Service: Policy on the Elimination of Solitary Confinement