Dáil Éireann - Volume 412 - 13 November, 1991

Written Answers. - Prison Costs.

126. Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice if he will give details of the average weekly cost of keeping people in prison.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): I refer the Deputy to my reply of 9 July 1991 to Question No. 99. The estimated annual cost of the operation of the prison [1426] system per head of the prisoner population in 1990 was approximately £31,000. This corresponds to an estimated weekly cost of about £600.