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Health in Prison, including Mental Health and Drug Policy

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 Report: ‘Rebalancing Act’, a resource for Directors of Public Health, Police and Crime Commissioners and other health and justice commissioners, service providers and 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

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

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