Prison Visiting Committee Annual Reports 2009
22nd October 2010
The 2009 annual reports of the Prison Visiting Committees for Arbour
Hill, Castlerea, Cloverhill, Cork, Dochas, Limerick, Loughan House,
Midlands, Mountjoy, Portlaoise, Shelton Abbey, St. Patrick's
Institution, the Training Unit and Wheatfield were published today.
View the reports here.
Among the concerns raised in the reports are:
- Dóchas Centre: concerns raised about the availability of care within
the prison for women with mental health issues, along with
accommodation in areas not built for that purpose
- St Patrick’s Institution: concerns raised that prisoners on
protection are “cell by cell” with prisoners who are in that wing as
punishment, citing escalating gang issues as creating a situation that
“is becoming unmanageable.”
- Mountjoy Prison: improvements to security acknowledged, but the
regime remains largely the same. “Still chronically overcrowded,
vermin-infested [...] filthy facilities, and no structured approach to
the prisoner’s day.”
- Cork Prison: the provision of mental health services cited as
inadequate, and the reduction of psychology and counselling services a
serious matter which should be urgently reviewed.
- Limerick Prison: concerns raised by prisoners on access to medical
services, and emphasises the need for in-cell sanitation to be extended
to the A and B wings.
Read an overview of the Visiting Committee reports in The Irish Times (Sat, 23rd Oct 2010) here.