Longford among least law-abiding counties in Ireland, prison figures show

Limerick the only county with higher imprisonment rate than Longford

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Longford among least law-abiding counties in Ireland, prison figures show

Longford residents are the second least law-abiding in Ireland, and most likely to be sent to prison after Limerick residents, new statistics have revealed.

Figures from the Irish Prison Service show that 7,170 people were imprisoned in 2019, an increase of 10.5% on 2018 figures.

The highest rate of imprisonment occurred in Limerick, with 219 people jailed for every 100,000 of its population. Longford's rate stood at 203 per 100,000, making it the second highest rate in the country.

A total of 83 people were imprisoned from Longford last year, which is an increase of 38% on the previous year.

In 2019, a total of eight females and 75 males were imprisoned from Longford.

The previous year, 2018, a total of 60 people from Longford were imprisoned, eight of which were female and 52 male.

For more on this, see next week's Longford Leader.