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Number Of People Sent To Jail Decreases By A Third During Pandemic

There's been a big delay in the courts system because of the virus.

The number of people sent to prison has decreased by over a third during the pandemic. 

Just over 1,900 people were jailed in the first four months of this year - compared to over 2,900 in the same period in 2019. 

There was a big drop in court activity during the pandemic, with many cases delayed.

Former Portlaoise and Mountjoy Prison governor, John Lonergan, says it's vital justice is done quickly. 

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