Thursday, 23 May 2013
Department of Justice and Equality
154. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the postion regarding the planned review of St. Patrick's Institution, Dublin, following the transfer of all prisoners under the age of 18 years in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24884/13]
The Deputy will be aware that as part of the Irish Prison Service's three-year strategic plan from 2012 to 2015, the Prison Service is devising a specific strategy for the management of young offenders to ensure the regime for young offenders is age-appropriate and best practice is observed. Central to this strategy is a review of the overall approach taken to the placement of 17 to 21 year olds throughout the system. This review is being undertaken by the Irish Prison Service. In this regard, it is my intention to introduce primary legislation for the purpose of closing St. Patrick's Institution as a detention centre for persons aged 21 and under.