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December 2009 Archives (News & Press Releases)

3rd December 2009

'Slopping Out' case results in high court action by ex-prisoner

A man who was sentenced to a jail term for IRA membership has argued that his human rights were breached in Portlaoise prison by the 'slopping out' regime. Read more

6th December 2009

Ireland to have rigorous inspection by CPT in 2010

The Sunday Business Post has reported that Ireland is one of ten countries identified for special scrutiny of its treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations. Read more

11th December 2009

Latest prisoner numbers: 7th December 2009.

The latest prison numbers reveal that there were 4,051 in custody on 7th December 2009; this figure includes 49 children imprisoned in St Patrick's Institution, which is in breach of international human rights standards. Read more

15th December 2009

Children's Mental Health Coalition launched

The Irish Government is failing children with mental health difficulties, and urgent reform of the mental health system for children and young people is desperately needed. IPRT is one of 38 organisations who have been brought together to form the Children’s Mental Health Coalition... Read more

17th December 2009

IPRT welcomes publication of Report on Restorative Justice

IPRT welcomes the publication of the Final Report from the National Commission on Restorative Justice, and calls for its recommendations to be fully implemented within the specified time. Read more

31st December 2009

Imprisonment for failure to pay fines jumps by over 50%

3,366 people were imprisoned in Ireland for failing to pay fines up to the end of October 2009; this represents an increase of over 50% on the total figure for 2008. Read more