chapter  4
The 1950s: Low numbers and limited interest
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This chapter assesses prison policy in Ireland from 1948 until 1958, a decade in which there were unprecedented changes on the party political front. However, these political shifts were not replicated in the realm of prison policy, which exhibited a remarkable degree of continuity over the decade, being notable chiefly for its stagnation and official neglect. The numbers in prisons fell to remarkably low levels and the gradualist approach to improving prison conditions was also maintained.