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:
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.
IPRT believes that the early prison release system in Ireland should be coherent, transparent and fair. We have long campaigned for the establishment of a statutory parole system, which is fully independent of political control.
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 legislation.
OPCAT is an international human rights treaty which assists States in preventing torture in places of detention. Ireland signed the OPCAT in October 2007, but has yet to ratify it.