2nd July 2021
As a complement to the Office of the Inspector of Prisons (OIP) COVID-19 Thematic Inspections carried out in 2021, the OIP developed a COVID-19 Staff Survey. The objective of the survey was to capture prison staff experiences of working during the pandemic. The Irish Prison Service (IPS) provided all IPS staff working in IPS facilities with access to the survey, and over 500 responses were received. A copy of the survey is available on the OIP website.
The OIP has published some preliminary results, reporting on 13 survey questions out of a total of 47. Among the key findings are:
The report on the initial findings can be found here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.