Monday 20 November 2017

Seven out of 10 sent to prison don't have job

Dearbhail McDonald and Enda Dowling

SEVEN out of 10 people who enter Irish prisons are unemployed, according to the director general of the Irish Prison Service.

Prisons chief Michael Donnellan also revealed that 50pc of prisoners have never had a job and 50pc have no qualifications.

The numbers were revealed at the launch of the first annual report of the Irish Association of the Social Integration of Offenders (IASIO).

The report was launched by Justice Minister Alan Shatter who said that even in difficult times, it was vital to help offenders become "valued, pro-social members of society".

Meanwhile, it has emerged that two new buses will transport offenders on probation around the country to clean graffiti from buildings.

The categories of offenders that will be part of the graffiti removal scheme are those who are sentenced to Community Service as well as offenders who have been released early from a one to eight-year prison sentence.

Director of the Probation Service, Vivian Geiran, said that the new vehicles will be of benefit to both offenders and communities.

Irish Independent

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