New 'healing' prison in Ireland points to long history of progressive penal reform

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Abstract

Ireland has formally opened the new women's wing of the Limerick prison. This expansion was desperately needed. The former wing was at 164% capacity, with women reportedly sleeping on mattresses on the floor of what were already inadequate conditions of a dilapidated 19th-century building. The new build now offers space for 50 women, an increase in capacity of 78%. It also eschews the dehumanising cliches of the traditional prison environment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • prison history
  • penal policy
  • Ireland
  • penal reform

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