The Irish Prison Service Statistics Office has published the Census of Restricted Regimes April 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 April census, 577 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime, an increase of 7 prisoners since January 2019. Of this, 48 prisoners were on a 22-hour restricted regime and 3 prisoners were on a 23-hour restricted regime.
Key statistics from the census for April 2019:
- 577 prisoners in total were subject to a restricted regime.
- 545 (13% of prison population 4,043) prisoners restricted on grounds of protection/vulnerability (Rule 63), of which 530 were there of their own request.
- 30 prisoners restricted on grounds of order (Rule 62).
- 2 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 January 2019
- Irish Prison Service: Policy on the Elimination of Solitary Confinement