IPRT campaigns for the respect of human rights in the penal system, and for imprisonment to be used only as a last resort. Although we campaign across a range of priority areas and issues, the following are currently under the spotlight:
Promoting a shift in justice resources from its emphasis on punishment to prevention and early intervention - on other words, "from criminal justice to social justice" - through solid evidence and research.
IPRT is campaigning to make sure that Spent Convictions gets back on the Dáil agenda, and that it is enacted at the earliest opportunity.
The election itself might be over but the unique opportunity remains for the new Government to enhance the protection of the community while at the same time respecting basic human rights standards.
IPRT is one of seventeen organisations who have joined forces to help people hold the State to account for its human rights record by way of the UPR.