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O'Donnell, Ian and Teljeur, Conor and Hughes, Nicola and Baumer, Eric P and Kelly, Alan (2007) When prisoners go home: punishment, social deprivation and the geography of reintegration. Irish Criminal Law Journal , 17 , (4) , pp. 3-9.

Ten years ago a special issue of the Irish Criminal Law Journal examined the relationship between crime and poverty. It contained contributions from two of the current authors. Their overall conclusions were stark: Irish prisons are clogged up with members of the lower socio-economic groups and in the Dublin District Court, at least, a disproportionate risk of imprisonment is faced by defendants from the most deprived areas. Due to the limitations of available data, it was not possible to explore where prisoners went after release, and the extent to which the burden of resettlement was evenly spread across the country.


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