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LISTEN: New inmate rehabilitation initiative launched at Castlerea Prison

Apr 20, 2022 20:04 By Shannonside News
LISTEN: New inmate rehabilitation initiative launched at Castlerea Prison LISTEN: New inmate rehabilitation initiative launched at Castlerea Prison
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It's hoped a new state of the art equine centre at Castlerea Prison will help lower re-offending rates among prisoners.

The new 10 bay unit will be officially opened by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee later today.

Up to 8 prisoners can take part in a full time course over a number of weeks, where they learn how to professionally work with and care for horses.

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The programme hit delays during the pandemic, with two classes of inmates finishing the course in the last number of months.

Eight horses rescued or donated from different backgrounds are currently being cared for by prisoners at the facility, with the programme supported by top figures in the Irish horse racing industry.

Daniel Considine was at the new centre earlier today and sent us this report:

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He also discussed the project with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee:

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