skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 158674 Find in a Library
Title: Imprisoned Ireland (From Western European Penal Systems: A Critical Anatomy, P 194-227, 1995, Vincenzo Ruggiero, Mick Ryan, and Joe Sim, eds. - See NCJ-158665)
Author(s): M Tomlinson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article describes the prison systems and corrections policies in Ireland and Northern Ireland, noting that although they fall under different jurisdictions, they have many parallels, particularly their strong commitment to the use of imprisonment.
Abstract: Much of the emphasis on imprisonment stems from the conflict since 1969, although obviously less so in the South. Even in the South, past and current British sovereignty continues to influence responses to crime and punishment. However, the expenses of policing and the extremely high costs of prisons have prompted a reexamination of corrections policies. The British government also has an agenda of privatization and business management in corrections. In Northern Ireland, if the ceasefires hold and the peace process continues, the reduced number of new inmates will soon have a significant impact on costs. The peace process could also lead to the release of hundreds of long-term political prisoners. The prison system in the South has also been under economic scrutiny, raising similar prospects for civilianization and privatization. However, the South's penal crisis will not be addressed until policymakers and judges discover alternatives to prison and an accountable, independent prisons board is established. Figures, table, and 76 references
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections policies; Ireland; Northern Ireland
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.