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UK: White Paper on Prison Safety and Reform 3rd November 2016

The White Paper on Prison Safety and Reform was presented to Parliament by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (LCSSJ) Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss on 3rd November 2016. Read more

UK: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Annual Report 2015-2016 26th October 2016

David Strang, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (HMCIPS), published his third Annual Report, for the years 2015-2016, on 26th October 2016. This was the first year of reporting on both the inspection of prisons, and the monitoring of prisons by Independent Prison Monitors (IPMs), a function which… Read more

Inspector of Prisons' review of prisoner complaints system 9th June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has published the Inspector of Prisons' report on a 'Review, Evaluation and Analysis of the Operation of the present Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure'. Read more

The Prison Ombudsman around the world 23rd May 2016

Ahead of ‘The Ombudsman Behind Bars’ conference held by the Office of the Ombudsman on the 12th May last, IPRT looked at the role of Prison Ombudsmen around the world. Read more

Round-up: 'The Ombudsman Behind Bars' 13th May 2016

Speaking at 'The Ombudsman Behind Bars' conference, Inspector of Prisons recommended that the Office of the Ombudsman should be allowed to investigate individual prisoners complaints. Read more

ADVISORY: Effective external oversight of prison system is crucial 28th November 2015

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform organisation, held a major conference on the need for rigorous and effective external oversight of the Irish prison system on Fri 27 Nov 2015. Read more

UK Report: Prisons and Probation Ombudsman 20th October 2015

IPRT has long campaigned for an independent Prisoner Ombudsman. In England and Wales, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) is appointed by and reports directly to the Secretary of State for Justice. Importantly, it remains operationally independent. The PPO has three main investigative duties: complaints made by prisoners; deaths of… Read more

Recent Deaths in Prison reports by the Inspector of Prisons 13th October 2015

The Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly has raised a number of concerns in his recently published Deaths in Prison reports. The reports, which examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of individual prisoners, are at times seriously critical of the Irish Prison Service in relation to the level of care… Read more

IPRT welcomes announcement of Review of Irish Prison Service 16th February 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) welcomes the announcement today (Monday, 16th February 2015) by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, of a wide-ranging review of the current culture and operations of the Irish Prison Service. Read more

Failures in accountability structures in Irish prisons “extremely disturbing” – IPRT 9th October 2014

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is gravely concerned that the Inspector of Prisons is unable to rely on the veracity of official prison records when investigating a death within prison walls. Read more