Health in Prison

IPRT believes that responsibility for the provision of healthcare should be transferred from the IPS to the HSE. In addition to this, IPRT believes that those with mental illness should be diverted away from the criminal justice system and should be treated within a community setting, where possible. 

This section includes posts on health in prison, including mental health and drug policy. 

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

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

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