Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (54)

Jack Wall

Question:

52 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of women committed to prison in each year since 1994; the length of sentences for which they were committed; the average number of women incarcerated at any one time in any of those years; the number of prison spaces for women in each of these years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6266/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The total number of female committals, average number in custody, and capacities of the two female prisons for the years from 1994 to 2002 are set out in the table below. Official figures for the total number of committals and the average numbers in custody are not yet available for the year 2003.

Year

Number of Females Committed to Custody

Average number of females in custody

Capacity of Mountjoy Prison (Female)

Capacity of Limerick Prison (Female)

2003

Not available

Not available

80

20

2002

1,043

104

80

16

2001

1,115

96

80

16

2000

845

72

80

12

1999

868

84

40

12

1998

903

71

40

12

1997

933

63

40

12

1996

703

48

40

12

1995

696

39

40

12

1994

669

42

40

12