IPRT campaigns for the respect of human rights in the penal system, and for imprisonment to be used only as a last resort. We campaign across a range of priority areas and issues, here are just some that have been under the spotlight:
IPRT is campaigning to create awareness of the current provisions of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 and to push for more robust and extensive Spent Convictions legislation.
While the connections between the experience of care and prison have long been identified, IPRT now wishes to address the questions as to what extent this is the case in Ireland, why this is happening and how we can break this cycle.
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) is an international human rights treaty which assists States in preventing torture and other forms of ill-treatment in places of detention. Ireland signed the OPCAT in October 2007, but almost a decade on it is yet to ratify it. IPRT is calling for ratification by the State.
In 2016, IPRT secured funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to pursue an evidence-based research and awareness campaign towards the abolition of the use of solitary confinement in Ireland, and finding alternative solutions.