Description

A much smaller share of the population serves time than in England, Wales or Scotland (see chart). Its incarceration rate is closer to that of countries championed by penal reformers such as Norway and Sweden than it is to the rest of the uk. English prisons are crammed but there is plenty of room to spare in jails across the Irish Sea. The disparity seems counterintuitive, given the relatively recent conflict and evidence suggesting that the province’s judges are no less likely to impose custodial sentences than those elsewhere in the uk.

Period04 Apr 2019

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleWhy are Northern Ireland’s prisons so empty?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Economist
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date04/04/2019
    Description A much smaller share of the population serves time than in England, Wales or Scotland (see chart). Its incarceration rate is closer to that of countries championed by penal reformers such as Norway and Sweden than it is to the rest of the uk. English prisons are crammed but there is plenty of room to spare in jails across the Irish Sea. The disparity seems counterintuitive, given the relatively recent conflict and evidence suggesting that the province’s judges are no less likely to impose custodial sentences than those elsewhere in the uk.
    Producer/AuthorTom Rowley
    URLhttps://www.economist.com/britain/2019/04/06/why-are-northern-irelands-prisons-so-empty
    PersonsJohn Topping

Keywords

  • police
  • policing
  • prisons
  • restorative justice
  • Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI)