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 Custody 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 Custody 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

Never again: Irish Prison Service must set and implement safe custody limits now to avoid potential future tragedies - IPRT 1st May 2014

IPRT MEDIA ADVISORY: Report of the Commission of Investigation into the death of Gary Douch. Read more

Prison issues raised by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders 4th March 2013

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, has called on Ireland to establish an independent and effective mechanism to receive complaints from those in prison, such as an ombudsperson. Read more

IPRT welcomes new laws strengthening internal Prisoner Complaints system, but need for independent complaints mechanism remains 22nd January 2013

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) strongly welcomes amendments to the Prison Rules 2007, and the recruitment of 22 external investigators, which together bring a level of independence to prisoner complaints systems in Ireland for the first time. However, this must be matched by similar reform of existing monitoring structures,… Read more

IPRT gives cautious welcome to proposed Prisoner Complaints system 8th August 2012

IPRT today has given a cautious welcome to proposals for a new Prisoner Complaints system. Read more

IPRT Position Paper 7: Complaints, Monitoring and Inspection in Prisons 5th November 2009 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out the main issues relating to the monitoring and inspection of places of detention, and the need for independent external mechanisms for review of prisoners' complaints. Read more

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