Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Department of Justice and Equality
466. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of men 18 to 20, 21 to 25 and 25 plus years of age in prison who were placed under a restricted regime for punishment purposes during each of the months November 2013 to November 2015 [46533/15]
I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the number of prisoners who had their regime restricted for discipline reasons from November 2013 - November 2015 was 22. The breakdown by age profile is set out in the table beneath.
As the Deputy may be aware the restriction of a prisoner's regime can occur due to a number of factors but is mainly used for the protection of vulnerable prisoners (Rule 63 of the Prison Rules 2007) and to a lesser extent for the maintenance of good order in the prison (Rule 62). There are also occasions when a prisoner may have their regime restricted for a short duration of time for operational or medical reasons(Rule 64). In addition, a small number of prisoners would, on occasion, have their regime restricted for discipline reasons (Rule 66/ Rule 67). A quarterly breakdown of prisoners on restricted regime is published on the Irish Prison Service Website ()
Table 1. Breakdown of Age Groups
|18 - 20 Years Old||2|
|21 - 25 Years Old||9|
|26 Years +||11|
The sanctions for a breach of prison discipline are set out in Section 13 (1) of the Prisons Act 2007. Section 13 (1)c sets out that a prisoner who is found by the prison Governor to have committed a breach of prison discipline may be confined in a cell (other than a special observations cell) for a period not exceeding 3 days.
The imposition of a sanction is taken following a disciplinary hearing held by the Governor under Rule 67 of the Prison Rules 2007.