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Ireland: national report for 2016 - prison.

Creator:

Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Subject Keywords: Substance Use
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

There are 14 institutions in the Irish prison system comprising 11 traditional ‘closed’ institutions, two open centres, which operate with minimal internal and perimeter security, and one ‘semi-open’ facility with traditional perimeter security but minimal internal security (the Training Unit). The majority of female prisoners are accommodated in the purpose-built Dóchas Centre adjacent to Mountjoy prison in Dublin and the remainder are located in a separate part of Limerick prison.

 

Political responsibility for the prison system in Ireland is vested in the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence. The Irish Prison Service (IPS) operates as an executive agency within the Department of Justice, Equality and Defence. It is headed by a Director General supported by seven directors. The Office of the Inspector of Prisons is a statutory, independent office established to carry out regular inspections of the 14 prisons and to report to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence. Four policy documents have a particular bearing on the provision of drug-related healthcare in the Irish prison system – the IPS policy and strategy document, Keeping drugs out of prisons, and the National Drugs Strategy (interim) 2009–2016, the IPS three-year strategic plan 2012–2015, and the joint IPS–Probation Service strategic plan 2015–2017.

  

The IPS offers multidimensional drug rehabilitation programmes for prisoners. Prisoners have access to a range of medical and rehabilitative services, such as psychosocial services and work and training options, which assist in addressing their substance misuse. As well as addiction counselling, substitution treatment and detox are the main treatment modalities offered within the prison estate. Methadone substitution treatment is available in 11 of the 14 prisons (accommodating over 80% of the prison population). The Medical Unit in Mountjoy Prison has 18 beds specifically allocated for an eight-week drug-free programme. The aim of the programme is to assist participants in achieving a drug-free status. Six community-based organisations (CBOs) are funded to provide services in the prison system.

Date:

01/01/2017

DOI:

10.14655/6841-998380

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Ireland: national report for 2016 - prison. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/998380 [Accessed: 2nd April 2020].

  

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