Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Prison Service

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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424. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of times inmates, staff or prison officers have been assaulted or have reported assaults inside prisons in each of the past ten years by prison. [49303/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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I wish to advise the Deputy that prior to 2012 the Irish Prison Service did not centrally record assault figures. The Irish Prison Service commenced centrally recording the data relating to prisoner on staff assaults and prisoner on prisoner assaults in 2012.

The data requested by the Deputy in relation to prisoner on staff assaults for the period 2012 to 2020 is provided in Table 1, the data in relation to prisoner on prisoner assaults for the period 2012 to 2020 is provided in Table 2.

Any act of violence against a person is unacceptable be they a prisoner, prison officer or other staff member. Necessary supports are available to those who are the victims of such assaults.

Any criminal act carried out within our prisons, including an assault on a staff member, is reported to An Gardaí Síochána for investigation and prosecution.

Table 1. Prisoner on Staff assaults

Prison/Place of Detention
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Arbour Hill 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Castlerea 7 5 9 11 1 13 12 12 4
Cloverhill 9 12 20 8 21 8 11 19 4
Cork 7 8 13 7 3 9 15 12 4
Dóchas Centre 3 7 8 5 26 14 8 23 12
Limerick 10 5 3 2 4 8 8 14 8
Loughan House 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midlands 10 7 13 17 7 15 13 10 13
Mountjoy (Male) 19 34 30 22 12 18 24 20 17
St.Patrick's Inst. 36 49 20 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Portlaoise 0 3 2 6 5 3 4 0 1
Shelton Abbey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Training Unit 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
Wheatfield 6 10 26 10 12 10 5 10 5
Prison Service Escort Corps 0 7 6 3 5 6 9 3 2
Operational Support Group 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Total 107 147 151 91 98 104 110 123 70

Table 2. Prisoner on Prisoner assaults

Prison/Place of Detention
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Arbour Hill 4 7 6 5 0 0 1 2 0
Castlerea 73 103 119 117 139 79 76 85 44
Cloverhill 97 76 90 88 82 42 54 86 26
Cork 43 30 51 27 33 44 42 61 64
Dóchas Centre 25 21 16 47 30 33 28 39 0
Limerick 45 31 37 24 5 18 28 32 17
Loughan House 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Midlands 68 88 77 47 50 45 44 23 29
Mountjoy (Male) 92 107 96 176 156 113 110 103 26
St.Patrick's Inst. 156 57 9 2 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Portlaoise 12 5 11 2 15 14 0 1 4
Shelton Abbey 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Training Unit 0 0 1 0 0 2 N/A N/A N/A
Wheatfield 98 77 74 47 55 24 20 10 28
Prison Service Escort Corps 0 2 2 4 7 3 12 9 1
Total 715 604 589 587 572 417 418 452 250

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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425. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons currently in prison. [49304/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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I can advise the Deputy that on 8 October 2021 there were 3,792 people in custody.

The Deputy may wish to note that a full breakdown of the number of persons currently in prison is included in the Daily Population figures which are published on the website of the Irish Prison Service – www.irishprisons.ie.

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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426. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons currently in prison who have served prison sentences for previous convictions. [49305/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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I have been advised by the Irish Prison Service that on 12 October 2021 there were 3,821 persons in custody, of whom 2,296 have served prison sentences for previous convictions.

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