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Prisoner Data

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 November 2020

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Ceisteanna (1054)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

1054. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons currently serving prison sentences in the State; the length of sentences on average being served; the number of women in prison at present; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32469/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that according to the latest analysed snapshot of the prison population, taken on the 30 September 2020, there was a total of 3,714 prisoners in custody, of which 154 were women. There were 2,918 prisoners serving a sentence, of which 109 were women. A breakdown of sentence length for all prisoners and the sentence length for female prisoners is set out in the tables below.

The Irish Prison Service also have advised that detailed statistical information in relation to numbers in prison custody, prison sentences and length of sentences is available on the Irish Prison Service website www.irishprisons.ie This information can be found on the Irish Prison Service website in the Information Centre – under Statistics & Information. Statistics available include daily prison population, monthly information note statistics, snapshot statistics and yearly statistics.

Table 1. Sentenced Prisoners by Sentence Length 30/09/2020

Sentence Length

Total

<3 Mths

25

3 to <6 Mths

90

6 to <12 Mths

174

1 to <2 Yrs

357

2 to <3 Yrs

335

3 to <5 Yrs

639

5 to <10 Yrs

693

10+ Yrs

252

Life Sentence

353

Total

2918

Table 2. Sentenced Female Prisoners by Sentence Length 30/09/2020

Sentence Length

Total

<3 Mths

4

3 to <6 Mths

9

6 to <12 Mths

14

1 to <2 Yrs

28

2 to <3 Yrs

9

3 to <5 Yrs

24

5 to <10 Yrs

10

10+ Yrs

2

Life Sentence

9

Total

109

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