Irish Penal Reform Trust

The Facts

1. There are 4,209 people in prison custody in Ireland (28 Feb 2020).

1. There are 4,209 people in prison custody in Ireland (28 Feb 2020).

2. The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 84 per 100,000 of the general population (end of Feb 2020).

2. The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 84 per 100,000 of the general population (end of Feb 2020).

3. In 2019, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €75,349.

3. In 2019, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €75,349.

4. The overall daily average number of prisoners in custody in 2019 was 3,971 compared to 3,893 in 2018, an increase of 2%.

4. The overall daily average number of prisoners in custody in 2019 was 3,971 compared to 3,893 in 2018, an increase of 2%.

5. In 2019 there were 4,314 prisoners committed under sentence serving sentences of less than 12 months.

5. In 2019 there were 4,314 prisoners committed under sentence serving sentences of less than 12 months.

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

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

7. The average number of females in custody in 2018 was 165, a 14.6% increase on the 2017 average of 144.

7. The average number of females in custody in 2019 was 170, a 3% increase on the 2018 average of 165.

8. The daily average number of female offenders in custody rose by 29% in the ten year period between 2006 and 2016.

8. The daily average number of female offenders in custody rose by 29% in the ten year period between 2006 and 2016.

9. As of January 2020, there are 58 people in prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation.

9. As of January 2020, there are 58 people in prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation.

10. As of January 2020, 1,702 (43%) prisoners were required to use the toilet in the presence of another prisoner.

10. As of January 2020, 1,702 (43%) prisoners were required to use the toilet in the presence of another prisoner.

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