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Health in Prison, including Mental Health and Drug Policy

'Mental Illness in Irish Prisoners' 14th November 2017

'Mental Illness in Irish Prisoners: Psychiatric Morbidity in Sentenced, Remanded and Newly Committed Prisoners' (Kennedy et al., 2005) was the first systematic and representative survey of mental health in the Irish Prison population. Read more

The Irish Times: 'High levels of hepatitis C uncovered among prisoners and homeless' 23rd August 2017

An article in today's Irish Times on an innovative new Hepatitis C screening programme at Mountjoy Prison, whose success could be replicated elsewhere. Read more

National Drugs Strategy: 'Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017 – 2025’ 17th July 2017

The “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025” strategy sets out the Government’s response to addressing the harm caused by substance misuse in society over the next eight years. Read more

Inspector of Prisons Report: Healthcare in Irish Prisons 22nd February 2017

IPRT welcomes the Review of Prison Healthcare cited by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald on the publication of the report 'Healthcare in Irish Prisons' on 21st February 2017. Read more

UK: Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC): 'Prison is not a safe place for people with mental health problems' 6th February 2017

Article by Deborah H. Drake and David Scott of The Open University, which states that for those living in extreme environments, such as prison, it becomes difficult to draw a line between mental well-being and diagnosable mental illnesses. Read more

UK Report: ‘Rebalancing Act’, a resource for Directors of Public Health, Police and Crime Commissioners and other users 12th January 2017

A report which examines the direction to be taken to improve healthcare provision for those who have involvement in the Criminal Justice System in the UK. Read more

Review of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services for Adult Offenders in Prison and in the Community 20th December 2016

The Probation and Prison Services have published an independent review of the drug and alcohol treatment services available to offenders. The review was done by Anne Clarke and Anne Eustace and published on 20th December 2016. Read more

First Interim Report of the Interdepartmental Group to examine issues relating to people with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system 21st September 2016

The Department of Justice & Equality has published the First Interim Report of the Interdepartmental Group to examine issues relating to people with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system. Read more

Learning Lessons Bulletin: The Experience of Prisoners with Dementia (Eng and Wales) 5th September 2016

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman of England and Wales, Nigel Newcomen, launched his latest 'Learning Lessons Bulletin'offering a host of recommendations regarding dealing with prisoners suffering from dementia Read more

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