Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Questions (303)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

303. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of remand prisoners held alongside persons serving a prison sentence by prison; and the number of remand prisoners cell sharing with sentenced prisoners. [30351/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by the Irish Prison Service that as of Wednesday 4 July, the number of remand/trial prisoners in custody was 743. Of this 743, 222 remand/trial prisoners were sharing a cell with a sentenced prisoner.  A breakdown by prison is contained in the table.

I wish to advise the Deputy that as Cloverhill Prison is the primary remand prison for the Leinster area, it has been affected more significantly in terms of the increased number of committals in the past year.

Prison Governors are, by law, required to admit into custody all prisoners committed to prison by the Courts. The Irish Prison Service therefore has no control over the numbers committed to custody in any given year.

Institution

Total number of Prisoners not serving a sentence held in custody on Remand, Trial and Trial & Remand warrants custody

Number of those prisoners sharing a cell with a sentenced Prisoner

Arbour Hill Prison

2

2

Castlerea Prison

58

27

Cloverhill Prison

362

53

Cork Prison

62

39

Dochas Centre

36

16

Limerick Prison

83

32

Midlands Prison

82

49

Mountjoy Prison

39

1

Portlaoise Prison

18

3

Wheatfield Place of Detention

1

0

Total

743

222