Sunday 24 September 2017

Mobiles sell for €1,700 in Mountjoy

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

MOBILE phones are now being sold for up to €1,700 among inmates in Mountjoy Prison. The huge increase in price for mobiles -- much sought-after behind bars -- is due to the big crackdown on items being smuggled into the prison.

It compares with an average of between €250 and €300 for a mobile phone three years ago.

The latest published figures show that a total of 2,226 mobile phones were seized by the authorities in the prison over a three-year period. A prisoner caught with an illegal mobile phone is liable to be sentenced to up to five additional years in jail and a maximum fine of €10,000.

Another phone and a quantity of drugs were seized from a high-profile drug offender in an intelligence-led operation in Mountjoy yesterday morning. The criminal is serving a sentence of 10 years.

Meanwhile, the Prison Service's three-year strategic plan, published yesterday, said that figures from the end of January indicated 870 protection prisoners were subject to some form of restricted regime.

This equated to about a fifth of the prisoner population and represented a 100pc increase in the number on protection in the last five years.

The aim of the plan is to reduce the number on restricted regimes by 30pc within the three-year timeframe of the strategy.

Irish Independent

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