Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (491)

Denis Naughten

Question:

491. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a security assessment has been completed regarding the use of Harristown House, County Roscommon as an open prison adjoining an existing secure facility; if such models exist in other jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13089/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As advised to the Deputy during the Adjournment Debate on 27 February 2013, Harristown House will not be an 'Open Prison'. The house will be utilised as a low-security facility to be managed and staffed by Castlerea Prison which it adjoins.

No decision has yet to be made in relation to the type of prisoner to be housed there, however, the normal selection criteria will apply and the safety of the public will be the over-riding consideration.