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national | crime and justice | press release Monday January 11, 2016 23:14 by IPRT - Irish Penal Reform Trust
Irish Penal Reform Trust - Press Release - Jan 11th 2016
IPRT welcomes commencement of legislation to address “damaging and wasteful” practice of imprisonment for fines default
IPRT has campaigned strenuously for an end to the damaging and wasteful practice of imprisonment for fines default for many years. Imprisonment for fines default represents a completely ineffective use of Garda, Courts and Irish Prison Service time and resources. In 2014, over 55% (8,979) of total committals to prison in Ireland were for fines default. Of these, over 25% (2,334) were female – a practice which can be traumatic to families, children and dependent relatives.
For further comment from IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone, please contact Fíona on: 087 181 2990
1. Over 55% of the total committals to prison in 2014 were for fines default: 8,979 committals out of a total 16,155 committals (Source: Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2014).
2. Imprisonment for fines 2007-14:
2014 8,979; of these, 2,334 were female committals
2013 8,121; of these, 1,894 were female committals
2007 1,335; of these, 163 were female committals
(Source: Irish Prison Service Annual Reports 2007-2014)
3. People imprisoned for fines default are twice as likely to return to prison than other categories of prisoner: 85.4% compared with a general average of 42%.
(Source: O’Donnell, Palmer and Hughes (2008) ‘Recidivism in the Republic of Ireland’ in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 8(2))
4. Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) | www.iprt.ie
IPRT is Ireland's leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of everyone in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy, with prison as a last resort.