LASD is facing a crisis in prisoner tracking, with the number of inmates currently in the care of the department at an all-time high.
Cardholders are now the most likely to be tracked in the system, with nearly 1,200,000 people in the service of the State.
The Government says the increase is due to a number of factors including a reduction in the number who are detained and released.
LASD Commissioner Shane Williams told The Irish Post that the increase in inmate tracking comes as a result of a number new and innovative measures being put in place.
“Cardholders in the LASDR [Laser Deafness and Hearing Aid Service] system are being tracked more than ever.
They are the most frequent victims of crime in our prisons.
The LASDPH [LASDPHS] is the only contact system that allows contact with loved ones who have been released, so we are very proud of what we have achieved.”
He added that the State is “absolutely committed” to helping people who are in need of support.
“We have put in a number or measures that are being implemented to ensure that we are in a position where we are supporting the most vulnerable people in our community,” he said.
Williams said the department had been working closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Attorney General’s Office to implement measures that would help those affected.
The Department of Social Protection and Health has also announced that a new system for prisoner tracking is to be rolled out by the end of the year.
A spokesperson for the department said that while the number was still low, the department is looking at ways to make tracking more efficient and reliable.
“LASDR prisoners and their families are the ones most at risk when the system fails, and we are working hard to ensure they are monitored and treated fairly and appropriately,” the spokesperson said.