This week Justice Minister Dermot Ahern also announced that the long-promised prison at Thornton Hall was deferred because costs had become prohibitive
Today we report that 30 women – two of whom are pregnant – are held in 10 single cells in Limerick Prison. The Prison Officers’ Association also report that Cork Prison is holding twice as many inmates – 298 – than it was designed for.
Prison is indeed a place of punishment but it is also supposed to be a place where a life can be recovered, a place where a person can become a valued citizen rather than a burden on society.
Will we ever learn?