Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Questions (303)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

303. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time prisoners were held on restricted regime by time period (details supplied) by prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23746/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service (IPS) that data in relation to the length of time individual prisoners were held on a restricted regime is not collated in the format requested by the Deputy. However, the data is available in the format outlined in the table below:

April 2018 Census

Prison

0<10 days

11<20 days

21<50 days

51<100 days

101<200 days

201<365 days

1yr+

Total

Arbour Hill

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Castlerea

8

9

4

11

3

1

0

36

Cloverhill

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

Cork

1

4

19

7

3

1

3

38

Dochas

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Limerick*

5

9

16

16

21

14

4

85

Loughan House**

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Midlands

11

5

7

8

9

7

2

49

Mountjoy (M)

9

17

47

43

48

29

29

222

Portlaoise

0

0

6

0

1

0

3

10

Shelton Abbey**

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wheatfield

24

1

6

7

11

11

15

75

Totals

67

45

105

92

96

63

56

524

The restriction of a prisoner's regime can occur due to a number of factors including, the protection of vulnerable prisoners. This is provided for under Rule 63 of the Prison Rules 2007. A prisoner may, either at his/her own request or when the Governor considers it necessary, in so far as is practicable and subject to the maintenance and good order and safe and secure custody, be kept separate from other prisoners who are reasonably likely to cause significant harm to him/her.

In addition, the Governor may decide, for the maintenance of good order in the prison, to remove a prisoner from general association or structured activity to reduce the negative effect that a prisoner or prisoners may have on the general population. This is provided for under Rule 62 of the Prison Rules 2007.

The Prison Rules 2007 provide that the imposition of a restricted regime is closely monitored by the IPS and the status of each prisoner on restricted regime within the prison system is regularly reviewed.