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Irish Penal Reform Trust Annual Lecture, Thursday April 22nd

22nd April 2004

The IPRT is pleased to welcome Baroness Vivien Stern to deliver the organisation's 2004 Annual Lecture.

Baroness Stern is Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Prison Studies, King's College, London.  She is honorary Secretary General and co-founder of Penal Reform International, a network established in 1989 to promote prison reform throughout the world which currently has projects in 40 countries.

Baroness Stern has broad experience in criminal justice work and with non-governmental organisations.  From 1977-1996 she was the Director of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), a UK-based non-governmental organisation concerned with the prevention of crime and the resettlement of ex-prisoners into society.  In 2003 she became the Convenor of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice. In 1999 she was made a life Peer in the British House of Lords.

Baroness Stern has travelled extensively working on prison reform issues, and has visited prisons in more than 30 countries. She has spoken and written widely on human rights and prison reform, and is the author of Imprisoned by Our Prisons: A Programme of Reform, Bricks of Shame: Britain's Prisons, and A Sin Against the Future: Imprisonment in the World.

Baroness Stern's lecture will be held in the Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin at 6:00pm. This event is free, and open to both members and non-members of the IPRT. The IPRT's 9th Annual General Meeting will take place immediately afterwards.

Click link to access the text of Baroness Stern's speech.

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