Prison system

  • This document provides practical information about the structure and operation of the prison system in Ireland.

  • The main source of prisoners' rights is the Prison Rules 2007. Find out more.

  • There are rules in place governing the conditions in prisons. Find out about diet and recreation entitlements as well as medical services and vocational training opportunities.

  • Find out about remission, temporary release and parole, as well as the systems in place to aid the resettlement of prisoners into the community.

  • You can visit a family member or friend in prison.

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