Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (562)

Ciaran Lynch

Ceist:

562. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners under 21 years of age; the number in each of the institutions in which they are held; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21375/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table as of the 12 May 2014.

Prison

17 years

18 years

19 years

20 years

Arbour Hill

1

Castlerea

6

10

12

Cloverhill

5

8

12

Cork

6

6

7

Dochas

Limerick

7

8

7

Loughan

1

Midlands

4

7

22

Mountjoy

2

5

10

Portlaoise

2

2

5

St. Patricks

2

Shelton Abbey

1

Training Unit

Wheatfield

7

18

23

19

Total

9

50

69

97

In line with the recommendation of the Inspector of Prisons and in order to effect the changes necessary in regime and culture and to ensure the safe and secure custody, a decision was taken to close St. Patrick’s Institution and disperse all 17 - 20 year old prisoners and to other locations. Pending the development of new facilities in Oberstown in mid 2014, for which the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has responsibility, this involved the transfer of all 17 year olds serving a sentence in St. Patrick’s Institution to a dedicated Unit in Wheatfield Place of Detention and the transfer of the 18 to 20 year old population to Wheatfield Place of Detention also. Prisoners continue to be committed for a period of detention to St. Patrick’s Institution. They are accommodated in a dedicated committal and assessment unit for up to 24 hours (B Wing). From here, prisoners will be dispersed to Wheatfield Place of Detention. There are currently 2 remand prisoners currently 17 years of age who, for legal reasons, must remain in St. Patrick's Institution pending the completion of building works at Oberstown, County Dublin.