Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ceisteanna (343, 344, 345)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

343. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of men and women, respectively, who were granted temporary release in 2019 in terms of days out by prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23691/19]

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Clare Daly

Ceist:

344. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of men and women, respectively, who were granted full temporary release in 2019 by prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23692/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Clare Daly

Ceist:

345. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of sentence left to serve when full temporary release was granted for male and female prisoners in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23693/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 to 345, inclusive, together.

I can advise the Deputy that in relation to Temporary Release, decisions are considered on a case by case basis and the safety of the public is paramount when those decisions are made. Before a final determination is made a number of additional factors are taken into account including:

- the nature and gravity of the offence to which the sentence being served by the person relates

- the sentence concerned and any recommendation made by the Court in relation to the sentence imposed

- the person's previous criminal record

- the risk that the person might commit an offence during any period of temporary release

- the risk of the person failing to comply with any of the conditions of temporary release

The Irish Prison Service has provided the information set out in the tables.

The table outlines the number of male and female prisoners who were approved am/pm temporary release from prison between the period 1 January to 31 May 2019. I can inform the Deputy that prisoners are approved temporary release for education, training, work, compassionate and re-socialisation reasons.

Establishment

Female

Male

Total

Arbour Hill Prison

N/A

16

16

Castlerea Prison

N/A

1

1

Cloverhill Remand Prison

N/A

2

2

Cork Prison

N/A

4

4

Limerick Prison

0

7

7

Loughan House

N/A

92

92

Midlands Prison

N/A

7

7

Mountjoy Prison (Female)

26

0

26

Mountjoy Prison (Male)

N/A

51

51

Portlaoise Prison

N/A

10

10

Shelton Abbey

N/A

125

125

Wheatfield Place of Detention

N/A

11

11

Total

26

326

352

The following table outlines the number of male and female prisoners who were approved Full Temporary Release between the period 1 January to 31 May 2019.

Establishment

Female

Male

Total

Arbour Hill Prison

N/A

9

9

Castlerea Prison

N/A

88

88

Cloverhill Remand Prison

N/A

8

8

Cork Prison

N/A

124

124

Limerick Prison

41

91

132

Loughan House

N/A

9

9

Midlands Prison

N/A

150

150

Mountjoy Prison (Female)

119

n/a

119

Mountjoy Prison (Male)

N/A

292

292

Portlaoise Prison

N/A

21

21

Shelton Abbey

N/A

11

11

Wheatfield Place of Detention

N/A

104

104

Total

160

907

1,067

The following tables outline the number of male and female prisoners who were approved Full Temporary Release between the period 1 January to 31 May 2019 and the amount of time left to serve when Full Temporary release was granted.

Establishment

0 - 10 days

11 - 20 days

21 - 30 days

31 days +

Total

Arbour Hill Prison

9

0

0

0

9

Castlerea Prison

70

8

8

2

88

Cloverhill Prison

4

1

0

3

8

Cork Prison

106

17

1

0

124

Limerick Prison

74

9

5

3

91

Loughan House

4

4

1

0

9

Midlands Prison

134

10

4

2

150

Mountjoy Prison ( Male )

236

28

16

12

292

Portlaoise Prison

19

2

0

0

21

Shelton Abbey

7

3

1

0

11

Wheatfield

97

4

1

2

104

Total

760

86

37

24

907

Establishment

0 - 10 days

11 - 20 days

21 - 30 days

31 days +

Total

Limerick Prison (Female)

31

3

3

4

41

Mountjoy Prison (Female)

93

14

7

5

119

Total

124

17

10

9

160

The statistics provided in relation to the number of prisoners approved Full Temporary Release includes prisoners who were serving less than 3 months for the non-payment of fines and prisoners who were approved Full Temporary Release in order to facilitate their removal from the State.