The Irish Prison Service has adopted practices in response to Covid-19 including restrictions on family contact, quarantine, isolation and restrictions on access to exercise and activities.

Irish prisons are using solitary confinement to help prevent Covid-19 transmission and those serving sentences are not getting “sufficient meaningful (...)

The annual report for the Irish Prison Service for 2020 showed that the overall average daily number of prisoners in custody during the year was 3,824. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The average daily number of prisoners in custody in Irish prisons in 2020 decreased by 3.7 per cent on 2019, according to new figures from the Irish P(...)

‘Effectively, there have been no in-person visits from children since March 2020,’ said a spokeswoman for the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

The lack of “in-person” visits between thousands of children and their parents in prison for over a year due to Covid-19 restrictions could damage the(...)

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(...)

The Irish Prison Service said the social media group and posts are in no way connected with the service and do not reflect its values. Photograph: David Sleator

“Robust action” must be taken against prison officers who make racist comments online, a penal reform group has said. The Irish Penal Reform Trust (I(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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