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  http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/study-25-of-st-pats-inmates-at-risk-of-psychosis-231187.html

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  http://www.irishexaminer.com/text/ireland/cwmhauqleymh/

On 8.5.13 I covered the reports of the prison visiting committees to dochas, cloverhill and castlerea  http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2013/0508/world/dochas-centre-shabby-says-report-230653.html

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   http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2013/0508/world/ireland-tops-eu-table-for-prisoner-release-230663.html

On 4.5.13 Prison Service director general Michael Donnellan stated that slopping out would be gone from all prisons by early 2016  http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2013/0504/world/aposslopping-outapos-to-be-eliminated-by-2016-230324.html

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 http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/judges-send-too-many-people-to-jail-says-shatter-230202.html

On 10.4.13 I wrote about proposals to turn St Pats into a dedicated prison for sex offenders/protection prisoners  http://www.irishexaminer.com/text/ireland/cwcwideyojoj/

On 26.3.13 I covered an alleged sexual assault on an inmate in St Pats http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2013/0326/world/authorities-investigate-sex-assault-in-jail-226495.html

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 http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2013/0325/world/44-inmates-locked-up-for-23-hours-a-day-226397.html

On 9.3.13 the Inspector of Prisons said jail was a very expensive way of making the lives of vulnerable women worse  http://www.irishexaminer.com/text/ireland/cwcweysnauid/

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About Cormac O'Keeffe

I am writing my first novel. Still. Well, I've finished it. I think. To tell you the truth, I've finished it so many times, I'm not sure anymore. In fact, I'm currently back finishing it again. It's a crime novel, an authentic gangland thriller set in Dublin. Including all the finishing, I've been at it for almost six years now. I've got a fair bit of good feedback and some requests for full manuscripts. But no one was bitten, yet. Where it will end up, who knows. This blog is about my journey. And other things, like fiction reviews and non-fiction reviews, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as crime and drugs reporter there, and have been since around 2001. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have 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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