The Inspector said she shares the view that “confinement causes psychological harm to people in prison regardless of reasoning for its imposition.”

Irish Prison management has rejected recommendations from the Inspector of Prisons that quarantining inmates be granted at least one hour a day in the(...)

A Garda member has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he was intoxicated when he crashed his Garda vehicle in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A Garda member has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he was intoxicated when he crashed in Dublin(...)

Mentally ill people who commit crimes in Ireland are being jailed because it is the “only option” available, but their lives in prison are “stark” wit(...)

The Central Mental Hospital is due to move from its current location in Dundrum, Dublin, to a new building in Portrane in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new and much larger Central Mental Hospital would be full before long because so many mentally ill people were being criminalised and sent to pri(...)

One of the wings in Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The pandemic has resulted in significant changes across the Irish Prison Service, some of them troubling. Reports by the Inspector of Prisons, Patrici(...)

 Mountjoy Prison: there have been several significant outbreaks among prisons, including one in Mountjoy which affected 36 inmates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inmates in the country’s 14 jails are being vaccinated against Covid-19 on a “prison-by-prison” basis instead of by age group, following criticism of (...)

In her report, the the Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, found that the Irish Prison Service’s system for investigating prisoner complaints was not fit for purpose. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor More than 1,200 prisoners, of the Republic’s 4,200 prisoner population, could have been released early last ye(...)

The “principle of equivalence” is not being adhered to in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations in prisons, the Inspector of Prisons has said. Vaccina(...)

Some of the Arbour Hill inmates are in their 70s and 80s and many have underlying conditions which may make them more vulnerable to the virus.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 10 per cent of the population of Arbour Hill prison has tested positive for Covid-19, the largest single outbreak in the prison system since the(...)

Prison inspections are set to become a deeper and more forensic exercise in the Republic. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/File

A more “robust and ambitious” system of prison inspections for the Republic is about to start but the power to investigate how prisons are being manag(...)

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