Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Questions (289, 290, 291, 292)

Clare Daly

Question:

289. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out by institution the number of persons in prison and the number not held in single cells or rooms on 23 November 2015. [45100/15]

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Clare Daly

Question:

290. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out by institution the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age in prison not held in single cells or rooms on 23 November 2015. [45101/15]

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Clare Daly

Question:

291. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age in Wheatfield Place of Detention under sentence on remand under the legislation as well as the number not held in single cells or rooms by institution on 23 November 2015. [45102/15]

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Clare Daly

Question:

292. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out by institution the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age in prison not held in single cells or rooms on 23 November 2015. [45103/15]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 to 292, inclusive, together.

I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that a breakdown of the information on the date requested by the Deputy is not available. However, the Irish Prison Service provide a Quarterly Census Report which includes information regarding the number of cells accommodating one, two, three and four or more prisoners. This census is published on the Irish Prison Service website, (www.irishprisons.ie).

In relation to the numbers in custody, these figures are published daily on the Irish Prison Service website.

I am further advised that the reports mentioned above do not breakdown each institution by age category as this would require a manual examination of each record. Such an examination would require a disproportionate and inordinate amount of staff time and effort that could not be justified where there are other significant demands on resources.