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IPRT Briefing: Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland

13th July 2010

Nearly 50% of prisoners in Ireland are re-imprisoned within four years, with 27% going back to prison within the first year post-release. In this context, the provision of appropriate reintegration support is vital to stem the number of people who return to prison.

In May 2010, IPRT published a comprehensive report on the reintegration of prisoners in Ireland; the report shows that there are inconsistencies in the provision of post release support, both in the different prisons and in different areas of the country. There is also a lack of awareness and understanding amongst the public of the plight faced by those in prison and their families. This lack of awareness impacts negatively on reintegration following release from custody.

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