Home > 447. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the degree to which rehabilitative programmes remain available throughout the prison service with particular reference to those accused of minor crimes. [31576/11]

[Oireachtas] 447. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the degree to which rehabilitative programmes remain available throughout the prison service with particular reference to those accused of minor crimes. [31576/11]. (25 Oct 2011)

URL: http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/10/25/00329...


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Irish Prison Service provides a range of rehabilitative programmes which have the dual purpose of providing prisoners with purposeful activity while serving their sentences and encouraging and equipping them to lead productive lives on release. The full range of services is available to all prisoners, although prisoners on shorter sentences may not be able to complete the full range of coursework and programmes. Staff however have a wealth of experience in tailoring programmes to suit both short term and long term prisoners and endeavour to provide as complete a regime as possible within the time available. 

 
Educational services are available at all institutions and are provided in partnership with a range of agencies including the VECs, Public Library Services, Colleges and the Arts Council. The Department of Education and Skills provides an allocation of 220 whole-time teacher equivalents which has remained unaltered since 2007. Literacy, numeracy and general basic education provision is the priority and broad programmes of education are made available which generally follow an adult education approach. During 2010, approximately 35% of the prison population attended classes. A significant expansion and development of vocational training programmes has taken place in recent years with over 90 workshops in place capable of catering for in excess of 800 prisoners each day. 874 prisoners attended such courses last year, up from 376 who participated in 2009.
 
 
 
Question No. 448 answered with Question No. 445.
 
Written Answers - Prison Services
Vol. 744 No. 4
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Item Type:Dail Debates
Source:Oireachtas
Date:25 October 2011
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Rehabilitation
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)

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