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Short Update: Ireland adopts emergency measures to be taken to alleviate overcrowding in prison

FairTrialsAdmin - April 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

Emergency measures by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) have been adopted to alleviate prison overcrowding in the context of COVID-19 to allow effective infection control measures to be managed. 

Measures include: 

  • Amending of the criteria for considering temporary release: case by case consideration of prisoners for temporary release if they are considered low-risk and are serving up to 12 month sentences. 

  • Changes to the administrative arrangements for prisoners on temporary release: prisoners will be required to sign on once a month rather than once a week at present.   

  • Increased access to enhanced remission arrangements of up to 33% for lower risk prisoners, rather than the previous 25% remission arrangement (not yet applied). 

In the case of an outbreak of COVID-19 in places of detention, if necessary, prisoners with less than 6 months to serve on a sentence may be temporarily released following an individual risk assessment. 

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