The Dóchas Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Prison Service is struggling to find beds for female inmates amid a large rise in the number of women being sent to prison. The number of w(...)

 Sinéad O’Leary   and Nichola Sweeney (19)   who were attached by   Peter Whelan in April 2002. Photograph: Prime Time

The family of a teenager murdered in a frenzied attack in her home have expressed their dismay at discovering that her killer has been allowed out on (...)

‘There is often a perceived stigma attached to persons who have spent time in prison.’ File photograph: James Forde

Most employers would now consider hiring an ex-prisoner, new research has found, but concerns remain about serious post-release stigma in Ireland. A(...)

Maggie Clune, Social Enterprise Manager, PACE Organisation. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Interesting people congregate around the coffee cart in the yard of the Four Courts. Barristers with horsehair wigs and flowing robes stand around dee(...)

A prison officer in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of prisoners admitted to an early release programme which has a 90 per cent success rate in preventing reoffending has been cut by half in (...)

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre: It costs €6,557 to detain a child for a week  in the State’s only child detention facility. Photograph: Iain White / Fennell Photography

Insurance companies have started demanding the case files of troubled children before agreeing to provide coverage for them in residential care. The (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the official opening of  Flac’s new head office in Dublin, which coincides with its 50th anniversary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins has said it is not acceptable that in a State which claims to be a democracy the “most vulnerable section of our society i(...)

  “The prisoner should be informed that they have the right to contact their solicitor, and should be given an opportunity to do so as soon as practicable,” Deirdre Malone, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The family of a prisoner in Mountjoy Prison was refused details about why he had been locked in a “padded cell” due to GDPR constraints, lawyers for t(...)

Rebecca Ellis, with a photograph of her brother Alan. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ Irish Times

When Alan Ellis appeared in court in last October to plead guilty to his latest offence he was surrounded by a phalanx of prison guards in full riot g(...)

On Friday, in Mountjoy main prison, 227 prisoners were on a protection regime, meaning they are locked up for at least 19 hours a day. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over half of the prisoners in the country’s biggest prison, Mountjoy, are currently in protection regimes for their own safety due to gang violence. (...)

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