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145. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the data on prisoner numbers and equivalent numbers for 1999, 2009 and 2019; the accommodation statistics for 1999, 2009 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11273/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that the data on prisoner numbers and equivalent numbers for 1999, 2009 and 2019 and the accommodation statistics for 1999, 2009 and 2019 are outlined in the following table.

 - 05/03/2019 05/03/2009  05/03/1999
Number in Custody  3,985 3,811   2,783
Bed Capacity  4,244 3,611  2,790