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Two prisoners who escaped from Cavan prison captured by gardaí

Two men who escaped from Loughran House jail in Cavan have been captured by gardaí.

The two men, aged 20 and 23 years old, were arrested in Cork after they allegedly attempted to steal a vehicle.

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The two men escaped from the open prison on Saturday, with one of them having convictions for drug offences while the other is a serial joyrider.

This is the second escape to take place at the jail this month after a convicted drug dealer escaped from the prison earlier in October and remains on the run.

The open prison grants inmates greater freedoms than what they get in normal prisons in an attempt to gradually regenerate them back into society.

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However, the recent absconding at the prison has resulted in calls for the Irish Prison Service to reevaluate who they are sending to the prisons.

Sinn Féin’s Justice spokesperson Martin Kenny TD told Newstalk that “there needs to be a review of all of that and to ensure that prisoners are adequately monitored when they’re there in the first place.”

He added, “Personally, I’m in favour of open prisons, I think they can work very well and are good to rehabilitate people… to what should be a normal life rather than go back to the chaotic life that they may have come from.” 

Currently, the two open prisons that are operating in Ireland are Loughran House in Cavan and Shelton Abbey in Wicklow.

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