Although we don’t want to claim more than we have achieved, we know that the combination of our research activities, communications activities, consistent emphasis on common sense and evidence-based strategies, and direct advocacy has helped bring about the dramatic shift in thinking around penal policy that has been witnessed in recent years.
At the same time, these positive developments remain fragile in the face of economic uncertainty. We are all too aware that positive developments can unravel quickly when society is faced with different challenges – unless, that is, a deeper, more fundamental shift in thinking takes place.
And this is why IPRT uses advocacy and not service provision to further our vision: with a staff of just three - supported by an expert volunteer board and dedicated interns - we punch well above our weight by using advocacy strategies as leverage for systematic, and therefore longer-lasting, change.
Here we present short case-studies about what has happened - and also what has not happened - in terms of penal reform in Ireland, and the role IPRT has played in bringing about these changes.
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