Sally Hanlon, the director of Support After Crime Services, said the level of violence in Cork is more severe than ever before.
“The organisation has been in existence for 13 years, and the violence and recklessness in the crimes is becoming more severe,” she told The Echo.
“The criminals in these situations have no consideration of the harm they are inflicting on their victims.”
The former Garda said much of the time she is seeing the same faces in court.
“You only need to be in court a half hour to see the same faces. Many of them are joking and laughing with each other, asking ‘which solicitor did you get?’.
“The truth is, they don’t care. As far as they are concerned, that lifestyle is normal.
“Some criminals have 163 previous convictions, but are still around doing exactly what they want.”
According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, almost half of the prisoners released from Irish jails in 2011 and 2012 were convicted of further crimes within three years.
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