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85. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners serving a life sentence, by prison; the number of life sentence prisoners who were released from prison each year since 2012 and the length of their sentences served; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15846/17]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have been informed by the Irish Prison Service that at present there are 352 Life Sentenced Prisoners in custody. Table 1 below gives the number of prisoners broken down by prison and gender on the 28th February 2017.

Establishment Female Male Total
Arbour Hill Prison 39 39
Castlerea Prison 16 16
Cloverhill Prison 3 3
Cork Prison 15 15
Limerick Prison (Female) 1 1
Limerick Prison (Male) 11 11
Loughan House 12 12
Midlands Prison 79 79
Mountjoy Prison (Female) 9 9
Mountjoy Prison (Male) 41 41
Portlaoise Prison 24 24
Shelton Abbey 16 16
Training Unit 15 15
Wheatfield Place of Detention 71 71
Total 10 342 352

Life sentenced prisoners who are released into the community continue to serve their sentences and are subject to a number of stringent conditions. Table 2 below gives an annual breakdown from 2012 - 2016 (inclusive) the number of prisoners granted temporary release in each year and the average length of sentence served prior to being granted temporary release.
Year of Reviewable Temporary Release Prisoners on Reviewable Temporary Release Approximate Average Length of Time Served Prior to Reviewable Temporary Release
2016 7 22 Years
2015 6 17 Years 6 Months
2014 4 20 Years
2013 4 17 Years 6 Months
2012 4 22 Years