Written answers

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Prison Committals

8:00 am

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 401: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of individuals in custody in Irish prisons with a breakdown by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2315/07]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Tánaiste; Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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The number of prisoners in prison custody on 26 January 2007 is set out in the table below:

InstitutionNumber in Custody
Mountjoy Prison471
Dóchas Centre104*
St. Patrick's Institution190
Cork Prison259
Limerick Prison (Male)274
Limerick Prison (Female)20*
Castlerea Prison228
Cloverhill Prison397
Wheatfield Prison371
Portlaoise Prison122
Arbour Hill Prison140
Training Unit85
Midlands Prison449
Loughan House77
Shelton Abbey57
Total3,244
*Female.

These figures include persons committed to custody on sentences varying from a number of days up to a life sentence. They also include persons in prison custody on foot of a remand or trial warrant or detained on foot of a deportation order. On that date, a total of 561 persons, including 42 female prisoners, were in custody solely on foot of a remand or trial warrant.

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