Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Questions (424)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

424. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of times inmates, staff or prison officers have been assaulted or have reported assaults inside prisons in each of the past ten years by prison. [49303/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to advise the Deputy that prior to 2012 the Irish Prison Service did not centrally record assault figures. The Irish Prison Service commenced centrally recording the data relating to prisoner on staff assaults and prisoner on prisoner assaults in 2012.

The data requested by the Deputy in relation to prisoner on staff assaults for the period 2012 to 2020 is provided in Table 1, the data in relation to prisoner on prisoner assaults for the period 2012 to 2020 is provided in Table 2.

Any act of violence against a person is unacceptable be they a prisoner, prison officer or other staff member. Necessary supports are available to those who are the victims of such assaults.

Any criminal act carried out within our prisons, including an assault on a staff member, is reported to An Gardaí Síochána for investigation and prosecution.

Table 1. Prisoner on Staff assaults

Prison/Place of Detention

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Arbour Hill

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Castlerea

7

5

9

11

1

13

12

12

4

Cloverhill

9

12

20

8

21

8

11

19

4

Cork

7

8

13

7

3

9

15

12

4

Dóchas Centre

3

7

8

5

26

14

8

23

12

Limerick

10

5

3

2

4

8

8

14

8

Loughan House

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Midlands

10

7

13

17

7

15

13

10

13

Mountjoy (Male)

19

34

30

22

12

18

24

20

17

St.Patrick's Inst.

36

49

20

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Portlaoise

0

3

2

6

5

3

4

0

1

Shelton Abbey

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Training Unit

0

0

0

0

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheatfield

6

10

26

10

12

10

5

10

5

Prison Service Escort Corps

0

7

6

3

5

6

9

3

2

Operational Support Group

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

Total

107

147

151

91

98

104

110

123

70

Table 2. Prisoner on Prisoner assaults

Prison/Place of Detention

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Arbour Hill

4

7

6

5

0

0

1

2

0

Castlerea

73

103

119

117

139

79

76

85

44

Cloverhill

97

76

90

88

82

42

54

86

26

Cork

43

30

51

27

33

44

42

61

64

Dóchas Centre

25

21

16

47

30

33

28

39

0

Limerick

45

31

37

24

5

18

28

32

17

Loughan House

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

Midlands

68

88

77

47

50

45

44

23

29

Mountjoy (Male)

92

107

96

176

156

113

110

103

26

St.Patrick's Inst.

156

57

9

2

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Portlaoise

12

5

11

2

15

14

0

1

4

Shelton Abbey

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

Training Unit

0

0

1

0

0

2

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheatfield

98

77

74

47

55

24

20

10

28

Prison Service Escort Corps

0

2

2

4

7

3

12

9

1

Total

715

604

589

587

572

417

418

452

250