Accountability

IPRT campaigns for the positive transformation of systems of accountability and governance of the penal system in the area of inspection, complaints and monitoring.

We believe that structures and practices which support better accountability in the penal system should be introduced. These structures and mechanisms include: a properly resourced independent prisoner complaints system such as the Ombudsman; the introduction of domestic legislation to achieve the ratification of OPCAT; the strengthening of the Office of Inspector of Prisons and reform of the Prison Visiting Committees; and the establishment of a fully independent Prisons Authority on a statutory basis.

IPRT continues to articulate and promote a deeper appreciation of the concept and benefits of accountability in the penal system among relevant stakeholders.

Press Release: IPRT welcomes the appointment of new Inspector of Prisons 4th April 2018

Patricia Gilheaney has been announced as the new Inspector of Prisons, effective from 7 May 2018. Read more

The Irish Examiner: UN body told of failings in the oversight of Irish prisons 21st July 2017

An article by Cormac O’Keeffe in The Irish Examiner on how the United Nations Committee against Torture (UNCAT) has been told of failings in oversight, in the investigation of complaints, of ill treatment and of concerns about prison healthcare in Irish prisons. Read more

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Publishes Annual Report 2016-2017 13th July 2017

The Ombudsman’s report highlights the figures relating to fatal incidents occurring in the last year across the various places of detention and organisations that come under the remit of the Ombudsman’s office. The report outlines some of the necessary steps that need to be taken in relation to risk assessment,… Read more

Office of the Inspector of Prisons: ‘Deaths in Custody’ reports 2016 27th June 2017

A number of reports on investigations into deaths occurring in prison custody in 2016 have recently been published by the Office of the Inspector of Prisons. Read more

IPRT Project: Progress in the Penal System (PIPS) 18th May 2017

IPRT has secured funding for a 3-year annual flagship project, with the overall objective of providing a comprehensive report on human rights issues in Irish prisons. Read more

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. 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

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