Mentally ill prisoners sleeping on floors because of overcrowding
Lack of room in Central Mental Hospital means ill offenders in prison for long periods
Staff working in Cloverhill say the number of mentally ill people being sent there by the courts is unprecedented. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times
Severely mentally ill people are being forced to sleep on the floor in Dublin’s Cloverhill Prison because there is no room in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH).
Staff working on the D2 landing of the prison, which houses vulnerable inmates, say the severity of mental health cases and the number of mentally ill people being sent there by the courts is unprecedented.