Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (202)

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

202. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the allocations within the education subhead of the prison Vote to each of the following areas of education in 2013: the education unit in each prison, each public library service involved in prisons, the Open University, the National College of Art and Design, Arts Council projects in prison, the Alternative to Violence Project and post-release educational support for prisoners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26327/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The allocations within the education subhead of the prison vote to each of the following areas of education in 2013 are as follows:

Education Unit in each Prison

2013

Arbour Hill

    23,000

Castlerea

    51,000

Cloverhill

    29,000

Cork

    40,000

Dóchas

    38,000

Limerick

    49,000

Loughan Hse

    31,000

Midlands

    90,000

Mountjoy

    55,000

Portlaoise

    60,000

Shelton Abbey

    28,000

St.Patrick's

    52,000

Training Unit

    21,000

Wheatfield

    80,000

TOTAL

  647,000

Teacher's salaries are funded by the Department of Education and Skills who currently provide an allocation of 220 whole-time teacher equivalents to the prisons through the VECs.

LIBRARIES  2013

Salaries

Stock

(Fixed Cost)

Dublin Prison Libraries

                156,824

Midlands

Vacancy

Portlaoise

Vacancy

Castlerea

Vacancy

Limerick

Vacancy

Shelton

                  10,000

Loughan

                    8,158

Cork

                         -  

TOTALS

                174,982

            48,675

ALL COSTS LIBRARY

           223,657

The Librarian salary costs are fixed as set out in the table, the final allocation in respect of library stock will be available following a review of library service provision in each prison.

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2013

HOPE Project, Cork

    17,000

Dillons Cross

    10,000

Alternatives to Violence

     7,000

National College of Art & Design

          -  

ARTS Council

    23,000

Open University

  100,000

Education Units in prisons are involved in the development and implementation of a wide variety of courses catering for the needs and interests of prisoners. While Open University courses represent the higher end of academic achievement in prisons, the majority of courses on offer lead to certification, mainly State examinations or FETAC accreditation.

The allocation for the Open University is € 100,000, this is a demand led service subject to a uniform application procedure with associated guidelines where prisoners demonstrate by proven academic ability that they can complete a third level course of study.