Almost a quarter of all inmates in Irish prisons are guarded under special protective custody arrangements because of increasing inter-gang violence.
Out of a total prison population of 3,200 people, there are now an unprecedented 768 prisoners receiving special protection, causing major logistical problems for the Irish Prison Service (IPS). In some prisons, over half the inmates are receiving 23-hour lock-up protection to guard against the likelihood that they will be attacked by rival prisoners.
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