Further rise in prisoners but costs decrease

Further rise in prisoners but costs decrease
Mountjoy Prison

There continues to be a rise in the number of prisoners being committed to custody.

According to the Prison Service's Annual Report for 2011, almost 14,000 people were sent to jail last year - 194 more compared to 2010.

Of those, 86% were male and 14% were female.

The average cost of keeping a person in prison last year was over €65,300, a decrease of over €5,000 compared to the previous year.

The Irish Prison Service says the reason for the decrease is because of reduced expenditure and an increase in the provision of bed capacity.


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