Galway City Tribune – Galway burglars are twice as likely to escape jail than their counterparts in Dublin where three-quarters of those caught get sent behind bars.
For the first seven months of last year, the imprisonment rate for burglary cases dealt with by the 74 district courts varied between 39% in Galway and 74% in Dublin, which has the toughest sentencing regime in the country.
The overall average imprisonment rate for burglary offences was 65%, down from 70% in 2016. The figures were released to the Irish Times under a Freedom of Information request.
In Dublin, the imprisonment rate has increased by more than 10% in the past two years. Its lowest rate in the last seven years was under 60% in 2011.
Former Galway City Mayor Frank Fahy said Galway should be following the trend in Dublin, not going against it.
“A lot of our burglaries are committed to feed a heroin addiction and a lot of these heroin addicts have been run out of Dublin. I hope we’re not perceived as a soft touch. I’d seriously question why our jailing rates are half those in Dublin. I think it’s an issue that needs to be investigated by the Minister and the judiciary,” the Fine Gael Councillor stated.
“There should be jail for anyone breaking into a house – particularly if it’s not the first offence – and there should be other punitive measures such as docking their social welfare payments.
“The judiciary have to step up in Galway and ensure these people go to jail – and if not going to jail depending on seriousness of the crime and the previous convictions, they should be forced to make a serious contribution to the community.”
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