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1.  There are 3,731 people in prison custody in Ireland (28 Oct 2016)

2.  The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 80 per 100,000 of population (30th Oct 2015). 

3.  The prison population increased by 400% from 1970 to 2011.

4.  In 2015, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €68,628.

5.  60% of people serving sentences for 6 months or less are poor, and are often homeless people.

6.  The majority of Irish prisoners have never sat a State exam and over half left school before the age of 15.

7.  Four in ten children (under 16 years) on custodial remand have a learning disability.

8.  From 1997-2011, the numbers in custody increased by almost 100%.

9.  There are 231 prisoners in Cork, Limerick and Portlaoise prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation. (Jan 2016)

10.  In 2015, the committals to prison for the non-payment of court ordered fines rose from 8,979 in 2014 to 9,883.

11.  Committals under immigration decreased to 342 in 2015 from 407 in 2014.

12.  In 2015 the number of committals to prison of children aged under 18 was 78; of these, 5 were aged 16.

13.  The number of sentenced committals for road traffic offences rose from 4,153 in 2014 to 4,756 in 2015.

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15.  In 2013, the annual cost per child in child detention schools was €314,000.

16.  Dóchas women’s prison is operating at 107% of its recommended maximum capacity. (24th June 2016)

17.  Prisoners in Ireland are 25 times more likely to come from (and return to) a seriously deprived area.

18.  Of 368 prisoners on restricted regimes, 85 are being held on 22+ hour lock up. (April 2016)

19.  The total number of individual persons committed to prison rose by 5.8%, from 13,408 in 2014 to 14,182 in 2015.

20.  85% of fine defaulters are back in custody within four years.

21.  In 2015 there was a 12.7% decrease in the average number of women in custody at any one time. However, the number of female persons committed to prison each year rose by 196% between 2004 and 2014. 

22.  The number of persons committed to prison due to non-payment of a court ordered fine during 2015 increased by 10.1% on the 2014 figure. The numbers rose from 8,979 in 2014 to 9,883 in 2015.

23.  The number of committals for sentences less than 12 months increased from the 2014 figure of 11,596to 12,530 in 2014. This is an 8% increase.

24.  In 2015 the number of sentenced committals for 12 months or less increased to 89.6%.

25. In 2008, of the 520 prisoners who enrolled in the school at Mountjoy Prison, 20% could not read or write and 30% could only sign their names.

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27. There are 9 children imprisoned in Ireland, which is in breach of international children's rights (24th June 2016)

28.  There were 348 prisoners (10% of the prison population) aged 50+ (July 2014)

29.  There was a 75% increase in daily prison population aged 50+ from 2008 to 2014

30.  The Irish prisoner population reached 4,587 persons in custody on April 12, 2011.

31.  There are 85 'protection' prisoners being held on 22+ hour lock-up (April 2016)

32.  Over 70% of prisoners are unemployed on committal and a similar percentage self-report as not having any particular trade or occupation.