Prisons



Number of prisoners on temporary release down 36 per cent

The number of prisoners released on a temporary basis in Northern Ireland has declined by more than a third over five years, figures show.

Published 7 August 2020

Keeping COVID-19 out of prisons came at 'significant cost' to prisoners' mental health and wellbeing

Successful efforts to keep COVID-19 out of Irish prisons came at a "significant cost to the mental health and wellbeing of the people subject to special measures", a new report has found.

Published 30 July 2020

Pair appointed to undertake review of support for stressed prison officers

A review of support measures for stressed prison officers has moved forward with the appointment of two professionals to lead the review.

Published 22 July 2020

Prison authorities warn of post-lockdown drug overdose risk

Prison authorities have warned prisoners' families that their loved ones could overdose on drugs smuggled into prison after months of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published 21 July 2020

England: Thousands of sexual or violent offenders released into homelessness

Thousands of offenders, including those convicted of sexual or violent offences, were released from prison into homelessness in England and Wales last year, jeopardising their rehabilitation.

Published 8 July 2020

Physical prison visits to resume alongside virtual visits

Physical prison visits will resume in Northern Ireland later this month, Justice Minister Naomi Long has confirmed.

Published 7 July 2020

Physical prison visits to resume on phased basis next month

Physical prison visits will resume on a phased basis next month, nearly four months after their suspension during the COVID-19 crisis, the Irish Prison Service has announced.

Published 24 June 2020

Ireland released 'relatively high' number of prisoners during early days of pandemic

Ireland released a relatively high number of prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new figures from the Council of Europe.

Published 18 June 2020

Prison overcrowding in danger of reaching 'unsustainable' levels

Overcrowding in Irish prisons will reach "unsustainable" levels if the courts continue to hand down short-term prison sentences instead of community alternatives, penal reform campaigners have said.

Published 16 June 2020

Prisoner numbers continue to rise in Ireland

Prisoner numbers continued to rise in Ireland last year, putting pressure on the penal system in areas including prisoner accommodation, the provision of services and the volume of prisoner escorts.

Published 15 June 2020

Support services for stressed prison officers to be reviewed

The measures in place to support prison officers in Northern Ireland who are experiencing work-related stress are set to be reviewed.

Published 15 June 2020

Prison service to submit COVID-19 guidance to WHO

Ireland's prison service is submitting guidance to the World Health Organisation (WHO) after avoiding a single confirmed case of COVID-19 among prisoners and staff.

Published 10 June 2020

Inspectors find improvements at Hydebank Wood and Ash House

Prison officers, health care and education staff have been commended for "remarkable progress" in improving performance and outcomes at Hydebank Wood Secure College and Ash House women’s prison.

Published 10 June 2020

Disabled prison officers have right to reasonable workplace accommodations

Disabled prison officers have a right to reasonable workplace accommodations to facilitate their work, judges have ruled.

Published 9 June 2020

Next government urged to set up Penal Policy Consultative Council

The next government has been urged to prioritise the establishment of a Penal Policy Consultative Council following the publication of new research on reoffending.

Published 28 May 2020