Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (674)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

674. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a prisoner (details supplied) has been transferred to Shelton Abbey; and the reason this happened only three months into a three year sentence. [31861/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to go into detail in relation to individual prisoner matters.

 I will however advise the Deputy that all prisoners being considered for a transfer from a closed prison to an Open Centre are risk assessed by my officials who take into consideration a number of factors including:

- the safety of the public (specifically flight risk in the case of open centres)

- compassionate and humane considerations (including facilitating family visits)

- nature and gravity of the offence

- length of sentence served to date

- length of sentence left to serve

- prior record on temporary release

- behaviour in prison

- previous criminal history

- family support

- addiction issues/history

- prisoner's home address

In this case the prisoner was assessed for suitability and transferred on the recommendation of the Prison Governor. Finally I am advised that the prisoner has posed no difficulties for management in the Open Centre.