Our prisons are not the place for people who are mentally ill

Mark-Ward-Clondalkin

Mark Ward TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Mental Health has called on immediate Government action after a report by The Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture  after it reported that high support units at Cloverhill, Cork and Mountjoy prisons – which accommodate mentally ill prisoners and offered poor conditions and inadequate treatment.

Teachta Ward said: “Reading parts of this report you may be forgiven to think you were reading about prisons in Ireland a 100 years ago. The fact is that The Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture  only visited Irish prisons this year” “One mentally unwell man was found lying naked in his cell, with the cell smeared with faeces and puddles of urine on the floor and a urine soaked poncho for cover” “The committee found that the conditions that this man and another man were held in were inhuman and the treatment they received was degrading “Our prisons are not the place for people who are mentally ill and it should not take an inspection by a European Committee to highlight this “I am joining the Irish Penal Reform Trust and calling on the Minister for Justice to engage  with the Minister for Health with a view to the early establishment of a taskforce to resolve this matter.

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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