March 2013 Archives (News & Press Releases)

4th March 2013

Prison issues raised by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, has called on Ireland to establish an independent and effective mechanism to receive complaints from those in prison, such as an ombudsperson. Read more

19th March 2013

Spent Convictions Bill 2012 at Committee Stage

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 is at Committee Stage this week. Read more

25th March 2013

Spent Convictions Bill 2012: Order for Report, Report and Final Stages

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Amendment Bill 2012 has stalled at Order for Report, Report and Final Stages. Read more

26th March 2013

44 young offenders on 23-hour lock up in St. Patrick’s Institution

Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, has disclosed that 44 young offenders, including two 17 year old boys, are locked up 23 hours a day in St. Patrick's Institution. Read more

27th March 2013

Political consensus on ‘decarceration strategy’ clears the way for real reform of Ireland’s penal system - IPRT

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today called on Government to adopt the ‘decarceration strategy’ recommended by the cross-party Sub-Committee on Penal Reform, which would see the prison population reduced by one-third over a ten-year period. Read more

28th March 2013

Roundup: Reactions to Justice Committee Report on Penal Reform

Media coverage of the 'Report on Penal Reform' published by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on 27th March 2013. IPRT welcomed the report, and called for Government action on all recommendations. Read more

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