INMATES have been availing of cut-price haircuts at a prisoner-run barbers known as ConHair on the Midlands jail in Co Laois.
A brand new report has highlighted a sequence of initiatives overseen by the Irish Jail Service aimed toward enhancing the psychological well being of prisoners and getting ready them for an eventual return to society.
The 2019 annual report by the Inspector of Irish Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, additionally said that morning and afternoon yoga lessons are on supply at Mountjoy Jail in Dublin.
Lags also can attend morning cookery lessons, be taught to play the guitar and keyboards and may do circuit coaching, crafts or mindfulness within the afternoon.
The report information that prisoners on sure wings have been handled to a bingo and comedy present in October 2019.
The report additionally notes that Mountjoy prisoners loved a visitor lecture on the go to to Eire of legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali.
The report famous that the ConHair barbers was arrange in November 2019 on the Midlands jail, providing haircuts at a knockdown value.
The workshop was managed by a prisoner with assist from the Chief Work and Coaching Officer, and workers on the wing and people who availed of the service made a donation of €2 to charities.
The report additionally reveals a barber store, a soccer pitch, a strolling observe and a males’s shed have been a number of the facilities out there on the open jail Shelton Abbey in Co Wicklow.
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Ms Gilheaney stories that one of many major high quality initiatives in Shelton Abbey was the chance by prisoners to buy a cell phone with name and textual content options solely.
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Ms Gilheaney stated: “This initiative allows the men to maintain family contact, an ethos which Shelton Abbey strongly supported and promoted as part of the men’s progression.”
The report also outlined the various operational challenges faced by the IPS. Some 25 serious assaults occurred in the Midlands prison during the year, while there were four deaths in custody.
There were also 32 alleged criminal matters reported to the Gardai during the year including an alleged sexual assault.