Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (577)

Mattie McGrath


577. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the costs to the State of the jailing of persons for contempt of court. [8676/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The average cost of an available, staffed prison space during 2011, the latest year for which a figure is available, was €65,359 (€70,513 in 2010) a decrease on the 2010 cost of €5,154 or 7.3%. This decrease in average cost results from reduced expenditure and an increase in the provision of bed capacity.