Prison facilities in Ireland

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Prison facilities in Ireland

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There are 12 institutions in the Irish prison system. Ten are traditional closed facilities with both internal and perimeter security, while 2 are open centres with reduced security measures.

Open prisons operate a regime based on the voluntarily accepted discipline of the prisoners. By providing prisoners with more independence and responsibility, as well as increased access to educational, employment and developmental opportunities, open centres are designed to prepare offenders for their reintegration into civil society upon release.

The majority of female prisoners are accommodated in the purpose built Dóchas Centre in Mountjoy Prison in Co. Dublin, with the remainder accommodated in Limerick Prison.

Information on individual prisons is included below.

Arbour Hill

A closed, medium security prison for adult males. The prisoner profile is largely made up of long term sentenced prisoners.

Castlerea Prison

A closed, medium security prison for adult males. It is the committal prison for remand and sentenced prisoners in Connacht and also accommodates committals from counties Cavan, Donegal and Longford.

Cloverhill Prison

A closed, medium security prison for adult males, which primarily caters for remand prisoners committed from the Leinster area.

Cork Prison

A closed, medium security prison for adult males. It is the committal prison for counties Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Dóchas Centre

A closed, medium security prison for females aged 18 years and over in the Mountjoy Prison facility. It is the committal prison for females committed on remand or sentenced from all Courts outside the Munster area.

Limerick Prison

A closed, medium security prison for adult males and females. It is the committal prison for males for counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary and for females for all six Munster counties.

Loughan House

An open, low security prison for males aged 18 years and over who are regarded as requiring lower levels of security.

Midlands Prison

A closed, medium security prison for adult males. It is the committal prison for counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.

Mountjoy Prison

A closed, medium security prison for adult males. It is the main committal prison for Dublin city and county.

Portlaoise Prison

A closed high security prison for adult males. It is the committal prison for those sent to custody from the Special Criminal Court and prisoners accommodated here include those linked with subversive crime.

Shelton Abbey

An open, low security prison for males aged 19 years and over who are regarded as requiring lower levels of security.

Wheatfield Prison

A closed, medium security place of detention for adult males and for sentenced 17-year-old juveniles.