Up to one in four prisoners in Mountjoy are requesting single cells because gang culture is such a threat in the jail.
A report’s found it’s also having an impact in a number of facilities in Dublin. Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee says gang culture is resulting in a rising need for protection and the lack of a drug-free environment.
According to reports, it’s posing a challenge to staff who are trying to balance the security threat with out-of-cell time in workshops and recreation.
The Cloverhill Visiting Committee also said gang culture is continuing to pose a serious problem. While the Dochas Women’s Prison committee said drugs are fuelling aggressive and bullying behaviour.
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