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Health in Prison, including Mental Health and Drug Policy

Launch: Monitoring of HIV, TB and HCV in prison in Ireland (report) 23rd June 2016

IPRT launched a new report on ‘Improving Prison Conditions by Strengthening the Monitoring of HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Ireland’ on Thursday 23rd June 2016 in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8. Read more

UK: The Cost of Prison Suicide 3rd March 2016

The emotional costs of a prison suicide are profound, and can be devastating for all those involved. However, in this though-provoking research brief the Howard League for Penal Reform take a look at the likely economic impacts of a prison suicide and suggest that investing in suicide prevention in prisons,… Read more

Harm Reduction International: New Report and Monitoring Tool 10th February 2016

New Report and Monitoring Tool: HIV, HCV, TB and Harm Reduction in Prisons Read more

Invitation to Tender: Strengthening Infectious Disease Monitoring 27th March 2015

IPRT is currently inviting tenders for a research project on 'Improving Prison Conditions by Strengthening Infectious Disease Monitoring'. Read more

NACDA release study on drug use and access to drug treatment/support services within Irish prisons. 10th April 2014

Today the NACSA released a study on the prevalence of drug use within Irish prisons. The study aimed to determine the need for drug treatment and harm reduction services in Irish prisons by estimating the prevalence of drug use, including intravenous drug use and blood-borne viruses, amongst the prisoner population. Read more

Mental Health Foundation: 'Losing Track of Time' - report on the challenge of dementia in the ageing male prisoner population 18th October 2013

This Mental Health Foundation report explores the difficult challenge of dementia among older male prisoners. Read more

'The Prison Trap': Irish Times series on prison and mental health 17th September 2013

'The Irish Times' investigates how people with mental illness come into contact with the criminal justice system, tracing the cycle of criminalisation and undiagnosed mental health problems. Read more

New Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement released 28th May 2013

A new sourcebook on Solitary Confinement aims to encourage policy makers and prison managers to limit the use of solitary confinement to a measure of last resort Read more

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales report examines end of life care for prisoners 3rd April 2013

Published on 7th March 2013 the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman report reviews the response of the Prison Service in England and Wales to a growing population of elderly prisoners. Read more

UK: Report launched evaluating mental health projects in the criminal justice system 27th February 2013

Revolving Doors Agency has published a report evaluating service user views of five mental health projects in the criminal justice system. Read more