At the annual Prison Officers Association Conference taking place today in Sligo the issue of overcrowding in Irish prisons was again back on the agenda. 
Tony Power, President of the Prisoners Officers Association told Midwest News that prisoners’ sleeping on mattresses on floors is becoming an all too common sight again , yet he said, our open Centers remain below capacity.

He gave an example of  one landing at the Midlands Prison, initially designed to hold 38 prisoners, is now regularly accommodating  prisoner numbers in excess of 65 and this is mirrored in many of the prisons
Overcrowding puts both prisoners and prison officers at unnecessary risk, he stated and that is not unacceptable.

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