Who goes to Prison?

Prisoners in Ireland

Prison LandingProfile of Prisoners

Many prisoners are among the most vulnerable people in our society.

A large number of prisoners left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment. Many prisoners suffer from mental illness and experience drug and alcohol addictions. A substantial number of prisoners have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.

In 2008 the Prison Chaplains’ Report stated that ‘Prisons have simply become dumping grounds for those rejected by society.’