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Prisons - Introduction
An introduction to the section on prisons.

Admission, placement and transfer in prisons
This document describes admission, placement and transfer from prisons in Ireland.

Prisoners' Rights
Prisoners have no charter or list of rights. Instead, the courts consider prisoners' rights as cases come before them.

Prison Medical Services
Prison medical services consist of medical, dental, psychiatric and psychological care.

Prison Education Services
More than half of all prisoners participate in education. Find out about services and options available in the prison system.

Prison Conditions
There are rules in place governing the conditions in prisons. Find out about diet, hygiene, recreation and visitation committees.

Prison timetables
While offenders are in prison, a daily timetable is in place. Timetables differ depending on the type of prison they are detained in.

Work and training in prisons
There is a wide range of work and training activities available to prisoners. Specialist training is available in some prisons. Find out more.

Sex Offenders Treatment Programmes
A new sex offender management policy has been introduced for sex offenders in Irish prisons. Arbour Hill has been designated as a national centre and there are two satellite centres. Find out more.

Remission and Temporary Release from Prison
Find out what the terms Remission and Temporary Release mean and the rules in place regarding prisoners.

Parole Board of Ireland
The Parole Board of Ireland reviews the cases of prisoners in Ireland who have been sentenced to fixed-term sentences of 8 years or more.

Prisons and Places of Detention
There are 14 prisons and places of detention in Ireland. Description of the types of prisons and centres currently in use.

Irish prisoners overseas
Irish prisoners overseas face significant difficulties and in some jurisdictions prison conditions and safety can be a major cause of concern.

Visiting someone in prison
You can visit a family member or friend in prison. Find out more.

Supports for families of prisoners
There are a small number of organisations that provide information or support to families affected by imprisonment.

Language

Gaeilge

Contact Us

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