Irish Penal Reform Trust

Inspector of Prisons: Report(s) on an Inspection of Limerick Prison

1st March 2012

These reports, published by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, reveal that conditions in Limerick prison were consistently dirty and unhygienic over a number of visits between 2010 and 2011.

The First Follow-up Report and the Action Plan highlighted areas of progress in several areas including the implementation of toilet patrol during lock up, but also areas where serious deficiencies remained.

Issues which still needed to be addressed in the prison include chronic overcrowding, eradicating the continued practice of slopping out, the need for a drug free landing, the need to implement the Integrated Sentence Management system, and addressing unsanitary conditions within the prison in general. 

The Second Follow-up Report, published by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 12th March 2012, notes that progress has been maintained since the Inspector's last report.

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