Written answers

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Prisoner Data

Photo of Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein)
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239. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of remand prisoners held alongside persons serving a prison sentence by prison; and the number of remand prisoners cell sharing with sentenced prisoners. [24998/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the Irish Prison Service that as of Friday 14 June, the number of remand/trial prisoners in custody was 748. Of this 748, 206 remand/trial prisoners were sharing a cell with a sentenced prisoner. A breakdown by prison is contained in the attached table.

InstitutionTotal number of prisoners not serving a sentence held in custody on Remand, Trial and Trial & Remand warrantsNumber of those prisoners sharing a cell with a sentenced prisoner
Arbour Hill Prison20
Castlerea Prison6718
Cloverhill Remand Prison37847
Cork Prison5935
Limerick Prison9144
Midlands Prison6846
Mountjoy Prison ( Female)3412
Mountjoy Prison ( Male ) 450
Portlaoise Prison44

I wish to advise the Deputy that as Cloverhill Prison is the primary remand prison for the Leinster area, it has been affected more significantly in terms of the increased number of committals in the past year.

Prison Governors are, by law, required to admit into custody all prisoners committed to prison by the Courts. The Irish Prison Service therefore has no control over the numbers committed to custody in any given year.


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