A wing  in Mountjoy Prison.   The Dublin prison  recently recorded the largest Covid-19 outbreak in the prison system to date, with 36 inmates testing positive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vaccination of the State’s 3,800 prisoners against Covid-19 is moving at a significantly slower rate than the general population, with just 2.1 per ce(...)

AGSI called for a risk assessment. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has asked the Minister for Justice to clarify if people in prison will be vaccinated before g(...)

Spit hoods are wire and fabric devices which are forcibly placed over the heads of suspects to stop them  spitting or coughing on officers. File photograph: PA

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) began using spit hoods on prisoners two years ago but does not keep a centralised database of their use. The hoods, kn(...)

A total of 22 prisoners have contracted the virus to date

The Irish Prison Service has requested the country’s 3,800 prisoners be among the priority groups to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Prison staff are exp(...)

Since 2016, there has been a 56 per cent jump in the number of people imprisoned while awaiting trial or sentencing for “public order offences and other social code offences”. Photograph: David Sleator

Prison overcrowding is being driven by a massive increase in defendants being placed in pre-trial custody on minor charges, according to an internal P(...)

Penal reform advocates have said the death of a terminally ill prisoner who died after repeatedly trying to access emergency medical attention could a(...)

The Irish Prison Service cannot release scores of elderly convicted paedophiles from jail, even though many have underlying health conditions and are (...)

Cocaine seized by the Garda following a search in 2019.

Serious drug dealers and drug mules are almost twice as likely to receive a prison sentence as they were a decade ago. They are also about twice as l(...)

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disabled prisoners are often left isolated in their cells due to a lack of supports, with one prisoner unable to leave his cell because a walking stic(...)

The rising prisoner population in Ireland could “undermine” the progress of penal reform, a new report has found. The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT(...)

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