Oberstown Children Detention Campus in Malheney,  Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A fifth of young people in custody are members of the Traveller community, double the proportion in adult prisons, new figures show. Oberstown Childr(...)

Conditions in some of the State’s jails being are being condemned as a breach of basic human rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hundreds of men and women are being forced to sleep on prison floors every month in Ireland with the “entirely unacceptable” conditions in some of the(...)

As director general of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan embarked on a programme of change underpinned by a more progressive ethos than that which prevailed at the time. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The retirement of Michael Donnellan from his post as director general of the Irish Prison Service has passed largely unnoticed. But his contribution t(...)

The man was found ill in his cell at the Midlands prison in Portlaoise. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

An inmate told prison staff he could not handle prison anymore shortly before he died from an apparent overdose. The 45-year-old man died in March 20(...)

In-cell phones are being piloted in the Independent Living Skills Unit in Wheatfield Prison in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Prison Service should consider providing life-sentence inmates with telephones in their cells to prevent them becoming institutionalised, an(...)

The report argues that the separation of a prisoner from others should not be permitted for reasons of punishment, but only for reasons of safety.

The Irish Prison Service should move to abolish the practice of placing prisoners in solitary confinement and set the minimum out-of-cell time at eigh(...)

An Garda Síochána paid out €3.5 million in 2017, and €28 million over the last seven years, the most for personal injury claims among State bodies. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

State bodies not involved in healthcare paid out €20 million last year for personal injury claims, nearly double the amount paid out four years ago. (...)

It is understood that the man’s decision to go on to the roof was not a protest but may have stemmed from some personal issues. File photograph of Cork Prison: Alan Betson

The Irish Prison Service has begun an investigation into how an inmate in Cork Prison was able to access the roof of a building in the complex. The m(...)

The Irish Prison Service is failing  to record and monitor what type of drugs are seized in jails

The Irish Prison Service is failing to meet a 2006 policy commitment to record and monitor what type of drugs are seized in jails. Belfast-based inve(...)

“There appears to be a decrease in the use of traditional drugs, such as, heroin, opiates etc, and an increasing use of newer drugs of abuse, including novel psychoactive substances.” Photograph: Getty Images

Close to 11,000 seizures of illicit and prescribed drugs were made by prison authorities on both sides of the Border over the past seven years, new fi(...)

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