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    The number of women committed to prison in Ireland has risen by a third in the last three years. While the total number of prison spaces for women is 133- that's 105 in the Dochas Centre at Mountjoy and 28 in Limerick- the total number of women prisoners in the state is now, according to the Irish Penal Reform Trust, consistently at around 160 to 170. The problem was highlighted last week in Athlone where Judge Seamus Hughes criticised the release of a woman described as a serial thief who’d been sentenced to six months but was released after just three ...


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