The key statistics on the Irish Criminal Justice System are available from
the Annual Reports and the websites of the Central Statistics Office
(www.cso.ie), An Garda Síochána (www.garda.ie), the Courts Service (www.courts.ie), the Probation Service (www.probation.ie), the Irish Prison Service (www.irishprisons.ie) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (www.dppireland.ie)
The Annual Reports of An Garda Síochána, up to 2006, provide information on the number and types of crime coming to their attention. Since 2006, the Central Statistics Office has assumed responsibility for publishing crime statistics. Statistics on the number of cases before the courts, and their outcomes, are available from the Annual Reports and website of the Courts Service, while figures regarding the use of community based sanctions can be obtained from the Annual Reports and websites of the Probation Service and the Courts Service. In addition, information regarding the number of individuals imprisoned, their sentences, age, gender and ethnic profile are available from the Annual Reports and website of the Irish Prison Service.
The statistics presented here are unadjusted and should be viewed with reference to demographic trends. Between 1996 and 2006, for instance, the population of Ireland increased by 17% (CSO, 2007) and the demographic make-up of the population changed substantially. Criminal Justice statistics are known to be heavily influenced by such shifts.
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