2nd March 2022
The January 2022 Prison Population Census reports have been published by the Irish Prison Service. The reports detail information about Restricted Regimes and Cell Occupancy and In-cell Sanitation.
IPRT is increasingly concerned about the high number of people being held on restricted regimes, as well as the staggering number of people on 24-hour lock-up. The total number of people on restricted regimes and the total number of people held on 24-hour lock-up are the highest – at 982 and 253 respectively – of all data published in Census reports since the beginning of the pandemic.
Key points from the January 2022 Census reports:
When interpreting Irish Prison Service Census data, it is important to remember that this data is a snapshot only and does not capture trends or day to day fluctuations, or minimum and maximum values throughout the period of restrictions.
There is currently no data published on the lengths of time people are subjected to solitary confinement in Ireland. While IPRT has been calling for the publication of this information for many years, we most recently reiterated our concerns about this lack of data in Progress in the Penal System: The need for transparency (2021) – see Standard 26, pp.60-64.
All Prison Population Census Reports are available on the Irish Prison Service website here.
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