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St, Patricks Visiting Commitee report 2003

St, Patricks Visiting Commitee report 2003

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Annual report
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AnnualReportofVisitingCommitteeSt.Patrick'sInstitution,Dublin.Year
ended31
st
December2003.
Wethevisitingcommitteewishtosubmitthefollowingasthereportofouractivitiesfortheyeargoneby.ThiscommitteemetmonthlyinStPatrick'sInstitutionandthecommitteemembersalsocarriedoutinexcessoftwentyunannouncedvisitstotheprisontoensurethateverythingintheprisonwasbeingruninanefficient,fair,safeandhumanitarianwayandarepleasedtoconfirmthatthishasalwaysbeingthecase.WewishtoplaceonrecordthefactthatinthisInstitutionthewelfareoftheprisonersisofprimaryconcernandwishtorecordourthanksandappreciation
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theGovernorandhisstafffortheirexcellentmanagementandrunningoftheinstitution.Itiswithsadnessthatwereportthataninmatediedincustodyandwethecommitteewishtoextendourdeepestsympathiestohisfamilyonthissadevent.Wewilladdressouractivitiesandconcernsunderthefollowingheadings.
Food:
Thiscommitteewishestoplaceonrecordthatwehavereceivednocomplaintsregardingfoodinthisyearorforthatmatterinthe
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lastnumberofyears.Foodispreparedinaveryefficientmannerbyaveryprofessionalstaffandmembersoftheprisonpopulation
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arealsoemployedinthekitchen.ThekitchencontinuestoperformwellinitsannualCertAuditsandwewishtoplaceourcongratulationsontherecord.Wefeelthatfoodisappropriate,wellvariedandofahighqualityandwealsofeelthatwasteiskepttoaminimum.AccommodationCells:NoComplaintshavebeenreceivedfromprisonersregardingtheircellswhichallhaveaself-containedtoilet.Prisonershavenotcomplainedofovercrowdingandonourvisitswehaveyettonoteitorhaveitbroughttoourattention.Eachcellisalsoequippedfortelevisionandeachprisonerhasaccesstoa_televisionsetfortheircell.Thisisveryimportant,asitispartoftheprisonsintegratedapproachtohelppreventandreducesuicideandattemptedsuicide.Italsohelpstorelieveboredomduringthelonghoursofconfinementandovertheyearshasreducedgreatlytheattemptsatsuicide.Adedicatedtelevisionchannelespeciallyshowingliteracytypeprogrammesiscontinuallyavailableonthetelevision,whichallowstheinmatestostudythebasicsofliteracyintheprivacyoftheircellawayfromthegazeoftheirpeers,andwefullyendorsethisaction.Workshops:Thiscommitteebelievesthisaccommodationtobeverypoorandrequesttheimmediateprovisionofproperworkshopsasthenumberonepriorityofthisyear.Asevereproblemexistsduetothelackofadequatetrainingfacilitiesinboth
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