Important Notice - Suspension of All Family Visits (Professional visits remain unaffected):


  • The Irish Prison Service has announced that all physical visit to prison will cease with effect from close of business Friday 27th March 2020.
  • All future visits from prisons will be conducted using video calls.
  • Any physical family visits that have been booked to take place on or after Saturday 28th March 2020 has now been cancelled.
  • Arrangements are currently being made for the introduction of visits by video link/camera phone early next week.
  • Information on the new arrangements will be published on the Irish Prison Service website www.irishprisons.ie as soon as possible

The Probation Service


Probation Officers work in all of the prisons and places of detention. Their work in custody includes advising and assisting prisoners with issues which have led to their offending behaviour, in order to help them avoid reoffending; and helping them cope with the impact of imprisonment. This work involves:

Motivating prisoners to use the period of imprisonment to address their offending behaviour;
Contributing to the throughcare process, where the offender will be subject to supervision by the Probation Service post-release.
Contributing to multi-disciplinary working in prisons, for effective sentence management and delivery of rehabilitation and other services;
Helping prisoners, their families and other social supports in preparing for positive re-settlement in the community;
Providing assessments and reports to the Department of Justice and Equality, Irish Prison Service, Parole Board and other appropriate bodies as required.
Helping to co-ordinate and assisting community based bodies in the provision of services to prisoners, their families and communities, aimed at reducing offending and assisting prisoners’ resettlement within the community.

Further information is available on the Probation Service website.