From today's indo.
JUST one in five non-EU nationals has been deported after serving a prison sentence here, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Confidential new figures show more than 766 prisoners from outside Europe were released from Irish jails over the past seven years.
But only 128 of the most serious offenders were sent back to their home countries, leaving more than 638 former inmates unmonitored.
A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said a breakdown of the type of offences committed could not be provided. However, he admitted that crimes could be "anything", ranging from the most minor offences to the most serious.
The Department of Justice said the figures could relate to someone in the asylum process, or someone on a work permit or holiday visa who committed an offence while in the State.
A spokesman said each case is considered on its individual merits and any decision on deportation depends on the gravity of the offence and the person's status in this country.
Deportations can take years if there is an appeal.
The gardai confirmed last night they do not monitor individuals released from prison unless required to by a court."
That is just staggering and I can't understand whey there isn't a bigger kerfuffle about it. Serious criminals, illegally in our country, released into the community, unfettered and unwatched. Unreal.
Labels: Open door policy.