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Table 3: Number of committals for non-payment of fines and RTA offences 1990-2006.

Year Number of Sentenced Committals Number of committals for RTA offences (as % of total) Number of committals for non-payment of fines (as % of total)
1990 4,372 n/a 961   (22%)
1991  4,435 n/a 769   (17%)
1992 5,857 n/a 1,404   (24%)
1993 6,585 n/a 1,880   (29%)
1994 6,866 n/a   2,173   (32%)
1995 n/a1 n/a 1,9202   (n/a)
1996 n/a n/a 1,610     (n/a)
1997 n/a n/a n/a
1998 n/a n/a n/a
1999 n/a n/a n/a
2000 n/a n/a n/a
2001 5,160 1,553  (30%) 1,204   (23%)
2002 5,036 1,448  (29%) n/a
2003 5,410 1,478  (27%)       1,8003  (33%)
2004 5,064 1,296  (26%)      1,599   (32%)
2005 5,088 1,357  (27%)   1,798   (35%)
2006 5,8024 1,452 (25%) 1,089 (22%)

 

  1. Neither the Irish Prison Service Report on Prisons and Places of Detention for the Years 1995-1998, nor the Irish Prison Service Report 1999 and 2000 contain separate statistics on remand or sentenced committals.
  2. Figures for the total number of committals for non-payment of fines in 1995 and 1996 were obtained from an answer to a Parliamentary Question on the 1st March 2000.
  3. Figures for the total number of committals for non-payment of fines between 2003 and 2005 were obtained from an answer to a Parliamentary Question on the 5th December 2006.
  4. The figure for sentenced committals used here is that quoted in the 2006 Irish Prison Service Annual Report as including individuals who were already in custody on remand/ awaiting trial at the beginning of the year and subsequently recommitted on conviction, as well as all committals directly under sentence. This is congruent with our method of calculation for all previous years.

(Source: Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2001; ‘Imprisonment for Fine Default and Civil Debt: A Report for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform’; and Replies to Parliamentary Questions in March 2000 and December 2006)

 


 

 

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