Woman thief re-offends hours after release
A JUDGE called for the governor of the Dochas women's prison and the Irish Prison Service to explain the policy of temporary release after a serial thief served just three days of a six-month sentence.
District Court Judge Seamus Hughes requested Mary O'Connor, governor of the Dochas Centre, attend the court after discovering that Emma Quinn (27) was back on the streets of Athlone just days after being jailed on multiple counts of theft on October 15.
The court heard Quinn had immediately re-offended after her release and had been found guilty of further shoplifting.
"You and your colleagues should be before a Dail committee to explain this policy," Judge Hughes told Ms O'Connor.
Addressing Athlone District Court, Ms O'Connor explained that it was a simple matter of capacity. Even taking into account a 40pc increase in cell numbers in the Dochas Centre, there had been 130 inmates on the day she chose to give a temporary release to Quinn, from Hillside View Retreat, Athlone.