Dozens of Irish prisoners held in solitary confinement

Of 51 inmates in solitary last January, nine had spent more than a year in isolation

Half of those held in 22- or 23-hour lock-up on January 1st, 2016 were inmates in Mountjoy Prison.  Photograph: David Sleator

Half of those held in 22- or 23-hour lock-up on January 1st, 2016 were inmates in Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator

More than 50 inmates in the Irish prison system were being held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day earlier this year, with nine spending more than a year in isolation.

The figures obtained by Belfast-based news and analysis website The Detail using freedom of information legislation reflect a sample day – January 1st, 2016. Prison reform campaigners say it is the first time such information has been made public.

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