There are 3,980people in prison custody in Ireland (1 April 2022).
The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 78 per 100,000of the general population (end of March 2022).
In 2020, the average cost of an “available, staffed prison space” was €80,445.
The overall daily average number of prisoners in custody in 2020 was 3,824 compared to 3,971in 2019, a decrease of 3.7%.
In 2020 there were 2,420prisoners committed under sentence serving sentences of less than 12 months.
The majority of Irish prisoners have never sat a State exam and over half left school before the age of 15.
The average number of females in custody in 2020 was 148, a 12.9% decrease on the 2019 average of 170.
The daily average number of female offenders in custody rose by29%in the ten year period between 2006 and 2016.
As of January 2022, there are 36people in prison slopping out, without in-cell sanitation.
As of January 2022, 1,694 (45%) prisoners were required to use the toilet in the presence of another prisoner.
As of January 2022, 2,030 (54%) prisoners were accommodated in single cells.
In 2020, there were285committals to prison for the non-payment of court-ordered fines, a (67%) decrease on the 2019 figure of 861.
Committals under immigration decreased by 49.6% to 247 in 2020, from 490in 2019.
The number of sentenced committals for road and traffic offences decreased from 662in 2019 to 384 in 2020.
Prisoners are 23 times more likely to come from (and return to) a seriously deprived area, compared to the least deprived areas. (O'Donnell et al., 2007)
In January 2022, of 982restricted regime prisoners: 16 were Rule 62; 460 were Rule 63 (voluntary); 32 were Rule 63 (involuntary); 3 were Rule 64; and 471 prisoners were restricted due to COVID-19 infection control measures, Rule 103.
As of January 2022, 150 people held on a restricted regime were aged 18-24. [Published data does not indicate the proportion of these held due to COVID-19 infection control measures.]
As of January 2022, there are 686prisoners being held on 22+ hour lock-up. 471 of these were being held on COVID-19 infection control measures, Rule 103
Committals under sentence of less than 3 months decreased from 1,552in 2019 to 781in 2020.
On 31 March 2022, 837 prisoners were on remand/trial.
As of February 2022, there were 508sentenced prisoners aged 50+; 16.7% of all sentenced prisoners.
Approximately one third (32%) of all persons committed to prison in 2020 declared Dublin as their county of residence.
The number of people committed with a life sentence increased from 9in 2019 to 12in 2020.
In 2011, over 70%of prisoners were unemployed on committal and a similar percentage self-report as not having any particular trade or occupation.
From 1999 to 2019, average numbers in custody increased by 44% (2,763 to 3,971).
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