Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Department of Justice and Equality
293. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of recorded incidents in which control and restraint techniques were used by the Irish Prison Service in 2016; and the number of such incidents per prison. [32280/17]
294. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of incidents that the Irish Prison Service managed to deescalate through conflict resolution techniques or restorative practices in 2016; and the number of such incidents per prison. [32281/17]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 293 and 294 together.
De-escalation techniques play a significant part in the control and restraint training for prison staff and are deployed on a daily basis throughout the prison estate.
It is impossible to quantify the number of incidents the Irish Prison Service manage to de-escalate. Many incidents are resolved at different levels, where de-escalation techniques are used. These vary from officers on the landings on a personal level, to planned incidents involving control & restraint teams.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the number of recorded incidents where a Control and Restraint team was deployed in 2016 is set out in the following table.
As part of a control & restraint team a staff member, with a video recording camera, records footage of the event. The majority of the incidents in which a control & restraint teams was deployed did not require the physical removal of the prisoner.
|Prison||C & R Recorded incidents|