Visiting a Prison
What can you take into a prison
To safeguard prison security and for the safety of staff, prisoners and visitors there are very few items which can be brought into a prison. A visitor may bring cash to be lodged to the prisoners account (up to a maximum of €100.00). Visitors may also bring clothes, footwear, mail, photographs, books and magazines. Visitors may leave these items with the prison staff who will issue the visitor with a receipt. All packages are subject to security search and may be sniffed by the drug detection dog.
Visitors may not bring in items such as cigarettes or food or any other type of contraband. Contraband is anything that is not allowed in the prison such as drugs, weapons, unauthorised medicines, unauthorised money, mobile phones, cameras or sound recording devises.
Section 36 of the Prisons Act 2007, which was brought into operation on 1 May, 2007, makes it an offence for prisoners to have unauthorised possession of or use of mobile telecommunication devices.
Under the Act it is also an offence to supply such a device to a prisoner. The penalties for such an offence, on summary conviction, include a fine not exceeding €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, and on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or both. It is Irish Prison Service policy to report seizures of mobile phones to the Gardaí
What can you take into the visiting room?
Visitors are not permitted to bring any items into the visiting room which they may wish to pass to the prisoner. As previously stated any permitted items may be given to a staff member who will issue the visitors with a receipt.
Visitors are only permitted to bring their identification. All other personal property such as money, bags, keys phones etc must be left/kept in their cars or in the lockers that are available in the visitor centres.