Government Review of Penal Policy Will Include Remission

Grainne McMahon, Content Editor (Ireland)

October 11, 2021

A review of penal policy is to be carried out before the end of the year and will include a review of how remission is applied to prisoners.

Hildegarde Naughton (Minister of State at the Department of Justice, pictured) described remission as an important aspect of the prison regime. 'I am anxious to ensure that the system of remission is proportionate and serves to rehabilitate prisoners, whilst also ensuring that appropriate sanctions are in place in instances where there is misconduct,' she said. 'Where prisoners don’t meet the standards that we can reasonably expect of them, that should have consequences,' she added.

Under the current system, prisoners sentenced to a definite term qualify for one-quarter remission for good behaviour. Those serving life sentences, sentences for the enforcement of court orders, or those sentenced for contempt of court, are not eligible for remission.

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