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Round Up: Abolishing Solitary Confinement in Ireland

3rd February 2018

The Irish Penal Reform Trust launched a major research study on the use of solitary confinement and restricted regimes in Ireland in the Hilton Kilmainham on 2 February 2018.

In November 2016, IPRT was awarded grant funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission for our project, Abolishing Solitary Confinement in Prisons in Ireland, an evidence-based research and awareness campaign. We were proud to welcome the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Professor Juan Méndez as our keynote speaker, to launch our report 'Behind the Door': Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System.

This report contains 25 key recommendations centring on the use of solitary confinement and restricted regimes in Ireland. Our goal is ambitious but achievable – the abolition of solitary confinement in Ireland in the short term and the gradual elimination of the use of restricted regimes with the ultimate target of 12 hours out-of-cell time daily for all prisoners across the prison estate. The Executive Summary (incl recommendations) is available here

Chaired by Professor Mary Rogan, other contributors included: Dr Agnieszka Martynowicz and Dr Linda Moore, authors of the research; Professor Barry Goldson; University of Liverpool; Michael O’Neill, Head of Legal Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission; Martin Smyth, Director of Operations, Irish Prison Service; Clare Daly, T.D.; and Professor Ian O’Donnell, UCD.

At this event, we also launched an animation detailing the use of the solitary confinement in Ireland. This animation is available to view here, or on the right-hand side of this page (bottom of the page for mobile). 

Sol conf speaker photo

Pictured: Professor Barry Goldson, Deirdre Malone, Professor Juan Méndez, Professor Mary Rogan and Professor Ian O'Donnell. Photo: Derek Speirs.

All photos on our Flickr here

Media coverage: 

This project was kindly supported by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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viewed here