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517. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners that received a disciplinary sanction for breach of prison discipline by prison in tabular form; the nature of those sanctions imposed over the period 2017 and 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25100/18]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that the number of prisoners that received a disciplinary sanction for breach of prison discipline by prison is as outlined in the following tables for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 to 31 May 2018.
1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017

Prison Number of Prisoners
Arbour Hill Prison 10
Castlerea Prison 223
Cloverhill Remand Prison 232
Cork Prison 169
Limerick Prison 201
Loughan House Place Of Detn. 27
Midlands Prison 385
Mountjoy Prison ( Female) 83
Mountjoy Prison ( Male ) 463
Portlaoise Prison 107
Shelton Abbey Place Of Detn. 22
Training Unit Place Of Detn. 3
Wheatfield Place of Detention 319
Overall 2,244

1 January 2018 to 31 May 2018
Prison Number of Prisoners
Arbour Hill Prison 7
Castlerea Prison 121
Cloverhill Remand Prison 194
Cork Prison 88
Limerick Prison 99
Loughan House Place Of Detn. 4
Midlands Prison 221
Mountjoy Prison ( Female) 40
Mountjoy Prison ( Male ) 295
Portlaoise Prison 73
Shelton Abbey Place Of Detn. 1
Wheatfield Place of Detention 211
Overall 1,354

When Prisoners receive a disciplinary sanction for breach of prison discipline it generates what is known as a ‘P19’ Report. The ‘P19 System’ refers to the disciplinary system in place under the Prisons Act, 2007, which allows Governors deal with prisoners who have committed breaches of the Prison Rules and allows Governors impose sanctions where a breach of the Rules has been proven to take place. Such sanction(s) are normally in the format of loss of certain privileges such as reduced phone calls, reduced visits, prohibition on the use of the Gym, prohibition on use of the Tuck Shop etc., for defined periods of time. At the higher end of the scale, Governors can also reduce remission, which in effect lengthens the period of time a prisoner is required to remain in prison.