Dóchas jail for women worst for as­saults on prison staff

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Gor­don Dee­gan

THE most dan­ger­ous prison for staff is the fe­male Dóchas Cen­tre in Dublin, it has emerged.

New fig­ures show that 26 prison work­ers were as­saulted last year at the Dóchas Cen­tre which houses the largest pro­por­tion of women pris­on­ers in Ire­land.

The num­ber of as­saults at the Dóchas Cen­tre is more than dou­ble the num­ber at Moun­tjoy Prison where 12 as­saults oc­curred against staff.

Clover­hill Prison in Dublin recorded the sec­ond high­est num­ber of pris­oner-on-prison staff as­saults with 21 at­tacks against prison staff.

It is un­der­stood that 19 of the 26 as­saults last year at the Dóchas jail re­late to three dis­rup­tive pris­on­ers and two have since been trans­ferred to al­ter­na­tive fa­cil­i­ties.

Pres­i­dent of the Ir­ish Prison Of­fi­cer As­so­ci­a­tion, Stephen Delaney, said yes­ter­day that the Dochas cen­tre ‘is a very chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment’ for his mem­bers.

The prison houses nine of the ten fe­male ‘lif­ers’ in the sys­tem and they in­clude ‘Scis­sor Sis­ter’ Char­lotte Mul­hall, who is serv­ing a life term for the mur­der and dis­mem­ber­ment of Farah Swaleh Noor in 2005.

An­other is Marta Herda, 29, who last year re­ceived a life term for the mur­der of Cs­aba Or­sos, 31, who she drowned by driv­ing her car off a pier.

Across the Ir­ish Prison sys­tem last year, fig­ures show that 670 as­saults took place with pris­oner-on-pris­oner as­saults mak­ing up 85% (572) of jail at­tacks.

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