Irish Prison to Stop Making Inmates Crap in Buckets
182 will no longer have to 'slop out'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2013 5:52 PM CST

(Newser) – Some sweet-smelling news for prisoners at Dublin's Mountjoy Prison: They will no longer have to go to the bathroom in buckets or commodes in their cells, a practice known as "slopping out." Across Ireland, 504 prisoners—about 12% of the country's prison population—still have to slop out due to antiquated facilities, and 182 of those are at Mountjoy. But a refurbishment at the prison this month will finally end that, the Journal reports. The Irish Prison Service says "significant improvements" have been made recently, with numbers of those slopping out down 50% from three years ago, but the practice will continue at other prisons for now.

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Nov 12, 2013 12:26 PM CST
Hey Ruthie.......they use chamber pots and "slop out" every morning, emptying the contents of the pots that have been kept in cells overnight into a communal sluice.
Nov 12, 2013 9:01 AM CST
My Grandmother was an Irish immigrant...and yet...I'm not surprised....
Nov 12, 2013 7:56 AM CST
How ironic that nowadays, the "indoor outhouse" (composting toilet) is being marketed to the the upscale environmentally conscious among us. I hope the Irish prison service isn't installing Sunmar units in the cells. Buckets work a whole lot better.