Serious offenders should be made to serve their sentences in maximum security facilities according to our readers.
In a question posed on our facebook page a number of respondents expressed their disgust at the recent escape of garda killer Martin McDermott from the low security Loughan House facility in Co Cavan.
Cllr Gerry Kilrane said it was unbelievable that a prisoner jailed for taking the life of a garda in the line of duty should “at any stage in his sentence, never mind just a few months, be housed in a low security environment”.
“This man’s complete disregard for the law was again illustrated by his behaviour whilst on the run, when he was re-arrested and when he was brought before the Court,” he added.
His words were echoed by Seadhna Logan who said the leniency of the sentencing for the crime needed to be address.
“How can a person with over 90 previous convictions found guilty by the courts be sent to an open prison?” he asked.
“Unfortunately the sentence does not reflect either the disgusting nature of the crime, or the people’s appetite for justice. Not only do the government need a review or enquiry into this issue and this exact case, but also a broader examination of the justice system with regards to crime appropriate sentencing, and the issue of the vast levels of re-offenders in and out of Irish prisons at a huge cost to the State.”