Prison Inmates' Mental Health Being Impacted By Over Crowding

A new report shows men in prison are facing several barriers to accessing mental health care.

Prison overcrowding is negatively affecting inmates' mental health and contributing to waiting times for services.

Those are among the findings of a new report from the Mental Health Reform, which found men in prison face significant barriers to accessing mental health care.

The report says overcrowding in Irish prisons can result in reduced privacy, sanitation, and out-of-cell activities.

Both the Midlands Prison and Portlaoise Prison were overcrowded yesterday, and were at capacities of 109% and 101%, respectively.

It also found Portlaoise Prison had no Mental Health Specific landings or High Support Units, while the Midlands Prison did have a High Support Unit, with a capacity of 11.

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