IPRT launched a new report on the rights, needs and experiences of LGBT people in prison on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. The report is the first in-depth study on the experiences of LGBT people in prison in Ireland, and includes testimony of people affected, alongside a wider review of the prison and policy context.
In the Irish Examiner, Cormac O'Keeffe reports on findings that verbal "abuse, including threats of physical violence, has placed some of these inmates at risk of self-harm and suicidal tendencies". Read the full article here.
Writing in The Irish Times, Colm Keena detailed the report finding that the IPS currently has no policy in place, along with the responses of Fergal Black, Director of Care and Rehabilitation, Irish Prison Service; Broden Giambrone, Chief Executive, TENI; and Brian Sheehan, Executive Director, GLEN. Read the full article here.
In thejournal.ie, Orla Ryan reports that a spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said that the agency welcomes the publication of the report, and "will review the recommendations contained in the report". Read the full article here.
- Irish Examiner: Study: LGBT inmates in Irish prisons bullied and harassed
- The Irish Times: Irish Prison Service ‘has no policies to protect LGBT prisoners’
- thejournal.ie: ‘They think you are a poof and they prey on you’- A new report documents the experiences of LGBT people in prison, an “invisible population”.