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720. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons convicted of a sexual offence and jailed in 2020; and the number who received prison terms less than one year, between one and two years, between two and three years, between three and five years, between five and seven years, between five and seven years and over ten years and the offence committed, respectively. [9801/21]

721. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons who are currently imprisoned due to being convicted of a sexual offence; the number who are due for release in 2021, 2022 and 2023; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9802/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): I propose to take Questions Nos. 720 and 721 together.
The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of prisoners committed for a sexual offence in 2020 broken down by sentence length has been received from the Irish Prison Service and is provided in the table below.

Less than 1 year 1 to < 2 Years 2 to <3 Years 3 to <5 Years 5 to <7 Years 7 to <10 Years 10+ Years
14 25 17 22 17 13 10

I am advised that as of 31 st January 2021, there were 418 prisoners sentenced for a sexual offence in custody. Of those 418 prisoners, 106 are due to be released in 2021, 76 are due to be released in 2022 and 72 are due to be released in 2023.