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April 2010 Archives (News & Press Releases)

1st April 2010

Prisons "burst at the seams" as Numbers in Custody Reach 4,194

The number of people in custody in Irish prisons on Mon 29th March was 4,194, with 767 on temporary release, reports the 'Evening Herald'. Read more

9th April 2010

Data Protection Commissioner reinforces call for Spent Convictions legislation

During 2009, the Data Protection Commissioner reviewed the latest version of the Spent Convictions Bill adopted by the Government. "The lack of legislation in this area has been a specific concern of this Office..." Read more

12th April 2010

Record Levels of Inmates on Temporary Release

Intense pressure on cell space has forced the prison authorities to set free 822 inmates on temporary release, to prevent an accommodation crisis in the jails. Read more

13th April 2010

IPRT calls for urgent review of imprisonment of women

Responding to fresh reports of a deepening overcrowding crisis at the Dóchas Centre, IPRT is calling on Government to urgently review its policy in relation to the imprisonment of women, with a focus on the wider use of gender-specific alternatives to custody and increased support post-release. Read more

Herald Article Reiterates Need for Reintegration of Offenders

Familiar figures demonstrate the lack of effective reintegration and the dire consequences. Read more

26th April 2010

Irish Times: Governor of women's prison resigns over 'impossible' role

The front page of today's 'Irish Times' reports that the governor of Ireland’s female prison has resigned because of the “serious undermining” of her position and an “overall lack of respect by senior personnel in the Irish Prison Service”. Read more

Irish Times: Conditions in Mountjoy Prison are appalling

In an 'Irish Times' Opinion Piece, Paul MacKay, a member of the visiting committee of Mountjoy prison, comments on the conditions he has witnessed over the past three years. Read more

Governor's resignation yet another alarm call for Minister

IPRT has today expressed deep concern at the resignation of Kathleen McMahon, Governor of the Dóchas Centre. IPRT is calling on both prison management and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to take responsibility for the issues of overcrowding in the prison. Read more

27th April 2010

Increasing calls for review of imprisonment of women

A number of voices have joined IPRT's calls for an urgent and compehensive review of policy in relation to the imprisonment of women in Ireland. Read more

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