Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Department of Justice and Equality
I propose to take Questions Nos. 430, 431 and 432 together.
I can advise the Deputy that the number of prisoners released from prison for the past ten years, up to and including 30 September 2021, is set out in the following table.
|2021 (up to and including 30 September)||4,058|
The number of prisoners granted temporary release for the past ten years and up to and including 30 September 2021 is set out in the following table.
The figures outlined in this table represent prisoners who were granted either short periods of temporary release, overnight periods of temporary release, full temporary release or reviewable temporary release.
|Year||Persons granted temporary release|
|2021 (up to and including 30 September)||1,775|
Each application for temporary release of any nature is considered on its individual merits and a number of factors are taken into account when making a decision, including the nature of the offence and whether the person poses a threat to public safety.
The Prison Service publishes figures in relation to the number of prisoners currently on temporary release on their website www.irishprisons.ie on a daily basis.