Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (396)

Joe McHugh


396. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 479 of 26 February 2013, the costs in the twelve month period of committing the 6,197 males and the 1,682 females; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11705/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that the average cost of an available, staffed prison space is calculated each year for inclusion in the Service's Annual Report. The cost of an available, staffed prison space during 2011, which is the latest year for which a figure is available, was €65,359. The Prison Service does not collate the cost associated with keeping an individual in prison for a particular offence. Therefore, it is not possible to provide the Deputy with data in the manner requested.