Record numbers in prison due to longer sentences and fewer on bail

The number of people in Irish prisons has topped 4,000 for the first time, with the Irish Prison Service (IPS) warning that there is an overcrowding problem.

8th November, 2008

The number of people in Irish prisons has topped 4,000 for the first time, with the Irish Prison Service (IPS) warning that there is an overcrowding problem.

At the end of last month, there were 4,042 people serving sentences in the 14 places of detention in the state - about 500 more than the total operational capacity of the jails.

In a statement released to The Sunday Business Post, the IPS said: ‘‘It has to be acknowledged that the...

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