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October 2009 Archives (News & Press Releases)

2nd October 2009

Irish Times: 'Grave concern' over prison overcrowding

The IHRC has given its backing to claims by the head of Mountjoy Prison’s visiting committee, Stephen Langton, that prison overcrowding is at dangerous levels and could be relieved if the courts stopped sending petty criminals to jail. Read more

Prisons Need Reform Word documents

The Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee Chairperson, Stephen Langton criticizes the overcrowding conditions and the threat drugs gangs in Irish prison hold to other inmates and prisoner staff. Read more

5th October 2009

Incredible Years: early intervention project in Ballymun

On Morning Ireland this morning, Emma O'Kelly reported on a new intervention programme designed to reduce delinquency in young people. Read more

15th October 2009

Number of prisoners in custody exceeds 4,000

The Irish Penal Reform Trust raises alarm on the growing numbers of prisoners in custody. Read more

16th October 2009

Irish Times: Call for radical overhaul of the State's sentencing system

Senator Ivana Bacik (Lab) on the urgent need for debate, and Charlie Flanagan (FG) on the need for sentencing reform. Read more

19th October 2009

IPRT welcomes report on Community Service Orders

IPRT believes that a political decision must now be made to move towards the use of community sanctions as the default penal sanction for less serious offences; punishment by imprisonment should be reserved for the most serious of offences. Read more

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