Going To Prison
How will I be treated on the way to prison?
- You have the right to be hidden from the public as much as possible while being taken to and from prison.
- You should not have to suffer insult or publicity of any kind.
- The vehicle in which you are travelling should be safe and comfortable. (Rule 50)
What does the Prison Officer or Garda do?
A Prison Custody Officer will be with you at all times when you are being taken to or from a prison.
If the officer believes you have banned items in your possession, they will search you. You may have to sit on the Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS) chair. This is a highly sensitive metal detector, which can detect items like mobile phones if you hide them inside your body.
Gives Court Order to Governor
When you arrive at the prison, the Garda or Prison Officer must give the Governor the court order about your prison sentence. (Rule 3)
If you are on any medication or you have a prescription for any medication, the Garda or Prison Officer must give this to the Governor and pass on any information that they have about your health. (Rule 4)
Information About You
The Garda or Prison Officer cannot give information about you to anyone outside the Prison Service unless the Minister for Justice orders them to. (Rule 51)