Irish Penal Reform Trust

Concern over cell-sharing and increased capacity at Cork Prison

14th June 2013

The Irish Examiner and The Cork News report on plans for the building of a replacement prison in Cork, which will see capacity increased and doubling up in cells.

Although IPRT strongly welcomes moves to address the current unfit and inhumane conditions in Cork Prison, which sees prisoners slopping out in shared cells where they also eat meals - and which demand urgent action - we are concerned at the plans which amount to penal expansion (through increasing the design capacity from 146 to 275/310).

Furthermore, as also identified by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in their detailed statement, planning from the outset for double-occupancy of cells is not in line with standards outlined in the European Prison Rules.

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