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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 25 Feb 1964

Vol. 207 No. 11

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Juvenile Prisoners in Limerick Prison.


asked the Minister for Justice whether he has completed his consideration in regard to juvenile prisoners at present in Limerick prison; and, if so, whether he will now take steps to have these prisoners removed from Limerick prison where they are influenced by the company of hardened criminals.

To the extent that the accommodation in St. Patrick's Institution allows, juveniles who are committed to Limerick prison under sentence, and whose cases are not the subject of appeals, are transferred to St. Patrick's if, having regard to their histories, they are considered suitable for detention in the Institution and if their periods of sentence are sufficiently long to enable them to derive benefit from the training courses available in the Institution. Juveniles who are not transferred from prison are, so far as is possible, kept apart from adult prisoners.

None of the juveniles at present in Limerick is regarded, by reference to the considerations mentioned, as suitable for transfer to St. Patrick's Institution.