On Mon 22nd Oct 2012, IPRT launched a new Position Paper detailing recommendations for reform of prisoner early release mechanisms in Ireland.
IPRT developed these proposals as part of a package of reforms to tackle chronic prison overcrowding in Ireland. These reforms also aim to bring Ireland in line with its obligations under the ECHR.
IPRT believes that a more transparent and structured system of release for prisoners will incentivise meaningful engagement with services and regimes inside prison, and support more successful reintegration of prisoners back into the community.
The paper can be downloaded here.
The press release is available here.
IPRT's proposals certainly sparked some much needed debate around prisons, prisoners and how and when they should be released! The proposals caught the attention of many media outlets, including the Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Sun, Irish Dail Star, and Metroherald, along with the other print media detailed below.
Radio coverage included RTÉ Drivetime, Midlands Radio, Clare FM, LMFM, Spin South West, as well as news bulletins across the local radio network.
- Irish Examiner (Front page): ‘Call to cut jail time to free up prisons’
- The Irish Times: Parole system for prisoners needs reform, says report
- Irish Independent: Inmates jailed for less than five year should have sentences halved - campaigners
- thejournal.ie: Call for reforms to ensure “fair and transparent” early release of prisoners
- Evening Herald: Free killers early to make space in jails'
- thejournal.ie: Column - Politicians have no place in deciding who gets freed from prison
- Irish Examiner: Opposition to proposal to set cop killers and rapists free early