A cell in the Low Support Unit Mountjoy jail. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The families of prisoners should not have to endure “salacious” and “self-serving” media commentary about their loved ones and their conditions in ja(...)

Where CCTV is not relevant or available, and where foul play may be a factor in a serious incident, the entire oversight of the prison system is grounded in testing the written records generated all day every day by staff. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last year, a man serving a lengthy prison sentence was found dead in his cell in a Dublin jail. Having long suffered from ill health, there was no sug(...)

Despite a wide range of concerns, Judge Reilly said the prison service generally was now being run with a “foresight and tenacity” that had reformed conditions in many ways. Photograph: David Sleator

Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly has expressed serious concern that records on the day-to-day running of jails were being falsified by pris(...)

Minister  for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Some prison officers have given misleading and inaccurate statements in the aftermath of the deaths of prisoners, the Inspector of Prisons Judge Mich(...)

Celyn Eadon had been remanded in custody after failing to produce the surety required to make bail. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

A 22-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother at their Mayo home while under the influence of drugs should have been in Gard(...)

Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons, said the number of committals to Dóchas Centre had increased from 155 in 1990 to 2,092 last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The main prison for women has “lost its way”, being characterised by a disconnect between management and staff, junior staff not being supported, disc(...)

Dave* is one of the Samaritans-trained ‘listeners’ in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison, who counsel other prisoners about mental health issues: ‘Prison is so fake . . . The listeners let you take off your mask.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter* was just 17 when he first entered solitary confinement. “I had 30 days of my sentence left – I will never forget it – and I got into a fight. B(...)

A confession of failure

The closure of St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders and the sacking or prosecution of those prison officers who abused or assaulted inmates ca(...)

 D Wing cells   in St Patrick’s Institution, Dublin.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The latest report on St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, has revealed a cruel regime, whic(...)

St Patrick’s Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin. Judge Michael Reilly has recommended the closure of the prison.

Last October when Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly published his seminal report on staff abuses at St Patrick’s Institution, he found child p(...)