January 2011 Archives (News & Press Releases)

4th January 2011

Irish Examiner: 'Almost 1,200 prisoners avail of drug counselling'

Writing in the 'Irish Examiner', Noel Baker reports that 1,200 prisoners are now accessing drug counselling in prison, while 34 people are on a waiting list for drug treatment programmes. Read more

10th January 2011

Young offenders’ capacity to change and grow presents a major opportunity for change

On Monday 10th January, the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Public Interest Law Alliance will co-host a seminar with Marsha Levick of the Juvenile Law Centre, Philadelphia - a world leader in challenging the treatment of children in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems across the U.S. Read more

11th January 2011

IPRT welcomes party policy commitment to penal reform and imprisonment as a last resort

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform campaign organisation welcomes the clear commitment to penal reform and imprisonment as a last resortincluded in the Labour Penal Reform Policy Document, which was launched today. IPRT believes this policy statement forms part of a growing consensus across parties and… Read more

12th January 2011

Media reponse to penal reform policy launch

A number of media outlets covered the penal reform policy document, 'A Fair and Effective Penal System', launched by the Labour Party yesterday. Read more

IPRT welcomes publication of Criminal Justice Bill

The legislation, published today, will require the courts to consider imposing a community service order for minor offences where it would otherwise be appropriate to sentence the offender to imprisonment for a period of up to six months. Read more

21st January 2011

Gordon Holmes

IPRT would like to extend our sympathies to the family of the late Gordon Holmes, chairman of the Parole Board, who passed away this week. Read more

30th January 2011

'Slopping Out' - an inhuman and degrading practice (updated)

The Irish Prison Service has announced that work is to commence on the refurbishment of 36 cells in the basement of the 'C' wing of Mountjoy Prison, including the installation of proper sanitation facilities. While this is very welcome, it is worth putting it in context. Read more

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