Overcrowded Prisons A "Ticking Bomb"

The Midlands Prison was at over 100% capacity yesterday.

The country's overcrowded prisons have been described as a "ticking time bomb."

The Midlands Prison was at 110%capacity yesterday, with nearly 100 more inmates than there are beds available.

While Portlaoise Prison was also overcrowded, 105% capacity.

Nearly 5,000 inmates are in cells in facilities nationwide with the ability to hold around 4,000.

Gabriel Keaveny of the Prison Officers Association says overcrowded cells are a recipe for disaster:

More from Midlands News

Download Our App