Prison system

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

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

Prison conditions
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.

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

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

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