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July 2012 Archives (News & Press Releases)

16th July 2012

Increased spending on pharmaceuticals in prisons highlights vulnerability & lack of services

Spending on pharmaceuticals increased by 20% from 2004 and 2010, due to significant increases in the numbers of people being sent to prison, compounded by the high prevalence of mental illness in prisoners and a lack of adequate psychiatric and drug treatment in prisons. Read more

19th July 2012

Prisons are used as A & E trolleys for mentally ill, according to Clinical Director of Central Mental Hospital

In the first of a two-part report by The Medical Times, Gary Culliton reveals the challenges facing severely mentally ill prisoners in Mountjoy. Read more

27th July 2012

The Irish Times: 'Punishment in Prison'

IPRT Executive Director Liam Herrick questions the use of prison as punishment for 'white collar'and non-violent crimes, in response to Fintan O'Toole's Irish Times article 'Quinn's jail priveleges show touch of class'. Read more

31st July 2012

Reducing prisoner 'gratuity' is negative, miserly and punitive

IPRT Board member, Dr Kevin Warner, outlines why reducing prisoner 'gratuity' is a complex and far-reaching issue. Read more

Drug-related deaths in Ireland third highest among 30 European countries

Ireland's high rate of drug-related deaths is avoidable and challenges current policy approaches. Read more

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