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- Published: Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:08
- Written by Kevin Warner
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In Ireland, a focus on punishment and control among politicians and administrators over the past two decades has left us with a prison system that is a morass. Our prison population is now double what it was in 1995, going from just over 2,000 to about 4,000. Most Irish prisons are too large, overcrowded and dysfunctional; they are very costly warehouses of unacceptable conditions. One would have expected the Strategic Review of Penal Policy (Department of Justice and Equality, 2014), which was launched in September by Minister Frances Fitzgerald, to face up to such issues. This, however, has not happened.