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.