Prison Visiting Levels Just 75% Of 2019 Figures

An investigation into the prison service has found children are unable to see their parents.

A major investigation into the Irish prison service has found visiting levels have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, leaving children unable to see their parents.

The report from Noteworthy found the number of children visiting parents in prison is 75% of what it was in 2019, despite the prison population being at its highest level ever.

Overcrowding and staff shortages mean prisoners are not receiving their rights when it comes to contact with the outside world.

Both the Midlands Prison and Portlaoise Prison were overcrowded yesterday, and were at 107% and 102% capacity respectively.

Noteworthy reporter Alice Chambers says maintaining a link to a prison bound parent can be vital to a child's development: 

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