Prison Posts

I’ve pulled together some articles I’ve written over the last couple of months on prisons/penal reform for those of you who might be interested.

St Pats 2

Troubled St Pats

Today, I wrote about ground-breaking research which showed that almost a quarter of new committals at St Patrick’s Institution for young offenders were at high risk of developing psychosis

On 9.5.13 I covered the Irish Prison Service’s annual report, which, among other things, showed that record numbers of females were being jailed

On 8.5.13 I covered the reports of the prison visiting committees to dochas, cloverhill and castlerea

Also on 8.5.13 I wrote about a Council of Europe report which showed Ireland was in fourth position in the EU at the rate at which we commit people to prison and in first place for the rate we release people

On 4.5.13 Prison Service director general Michael Donnellan stated that slopping out would be gone from all prisons by early 2016

On 3.5.13 Justice Minister Alan Shatter criticised judges for sending too many to people to

Alan Shatter: judges jailing too many

Alan Shatter: judges jailing too many

prison on short sentences and not using community service enough

On 10.4.13 I wrote about proposals to turn St Pats into a dedicated prison for sex offenders/protection prisoners

On 26.3.13 I covered an alleged sexual assault on an inmate in St Pats

On 25.3.13 further disturbing reports about violence and gangs in St Pats emerged with official figures showing almost one in five prisoners were locked up 23 hours a day

On 9.3.13 the Inspector of Prisons said jail was a very expensive way of making the lives of vulnerable women worse


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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