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Strengthening Accountability Behind Bars: Prisoner Rights and Prisoner Complaints

30th March 2012

Friday, 30th March, 2012

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The rights of prisoners while they are in custody and the structures that need to be in place in order to protect these rights were the  topic of an IPRT seminar, Strengthening Accountability Behind Bars, which took placeon Friday, March 30th in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle. Were were delighted to welcome Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman, Pauline McCabe as keynote speaker at the event.

KYR Cover (full)A new publication, Know Your Rights Your Rights as a Prisoner, produced jointly with the ICCL, was launched at the event. The pack aims to help prisoners understand the rights they have while in prison. It is written in everyday language and is informative and easy to use. More details are available here.

A panel discussion, chaired by Gráinne McMorrow SC, followed the address. Panellists included: Mr Jimmy Martin, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Justice and Equality;Mr Brian Murphy, Deputy Director, Operations, Irish Prison Service; Mr John Clinton, General Secretary, Prison Officers Association; and Mr Niall Walsh, board member of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

If you would like a free copy of Know Your Rights Your Rights as a Prisoner, simply email Mary at info@iprt.ie

This publication and seminar are funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of its Research Development Initiative. It is part of a collaborative project between Dublin Institute of Technology and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. See: http://www.irchss.ie/awrads/rdi


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