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international | rights and freedoms | opinion/analysis Tuesday June 21, 2011 14:47 by Brian Flannery - Justice
In the last 10 years, numbers have risen drastically with people being incarcerated in prisons throughout Ireland.
Ireland's prison numbers now are the highest since the Troubles and you can go back as far as the War of independence to actually get a clearer picture of how high the numbers are in present times. Numbers flotate on a daily basis. But data research from the Department of Justice, if you can actually believe them, will tell you on a technical basis that numbers have exceeded over 6,500 + in some weeks of the year. These numbers are a reflection on Society as a whole. I will state clearly and categorically that certain prisoners must be contained for the safety of the public i.e. crimes like murder, rape, extortion, drug related and gangland. Sadly the numbers on these crimes only make up around 40% of the total prison numbers. Today, I would like to ask, as I have down the years - Do we really feel it is necessary to put people into prison for parking fines, dog licenses, barring orders, and small debts? I say it is wrong.