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Irish Prison Service. (2010) Irish Prison Service annual report 2009. Longford: Irish Prison Service.


During 2009 there were a total of 15,425 committals to prison. this was a significant increase on the 2008 total of 13,557 and represents a 13.8% increase. A total of 12,339 persons accounted for these committals.

One of the major challenges in prisons worldwide lies in preventing access to contraband items, primarily mobile phones and drugs, which for obvious reasons are viewed as highly valuable commodities which could assist in illegal activity. In June 2007 the Government approved the resources necessary to introduce a package of security measures which target the routes whereby contraband such as drugs, weapons and mobile phones are trafficked into our prisons. the roll-out of the various elements commenced in May 2008 and were completed during 2009. the number of persons serving sentences for drug offences (760) was 34% higher than in 2008 (567).

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Irish-related, Report
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All substances
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Irish Prison Service
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