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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430. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons released from prison in the State in each of the past ten years and to date in 2021. [49377/21]

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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431. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons granted temporary release from prison in the State in each of the past ten years and to date in 2021. [49378/21]

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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432. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if persons were released from prison early for purposes of public health control at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland. [49379/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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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.

Year Persons released
2021 (up to and including 30 September) 4,058
2020 5,776
2019 7,204
2018 6,494
2017 7,810
2016 12,981
2015 14,718
2014 14,119
2013 13,577
2012 14,415
2011 14,388

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
2020 2,785
2019 3,730
2018 2,994
2017 4,519
2016 9,857
2015 11,305
2014 11,392
2013 11,125
2012 11,199
2011 10,511

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.

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