The Irish Prison Service Statistics Office has published the Census of Restricted Regimes October 2018. 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 October census, 613 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime, an increase of 14% from 536 in July 2018. Of this, 14 prisoners were on a 22-hour restricted regime and 2 prisoners were on a 23-hour restricted regime. Key statistics from the census for October 2018:
- 613 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime
- 565 (15% of prison population 3,818) prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 63), of which 544 were there of their own request
- 37 prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 62)
- 4 prisoners 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 July 2018
- Irish Prison Service: Policy on the Elimination of Solitary Confinement