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Health in Prison, including Mental Health and Drug Policy

Drug Treatment Court to be Expanded 24th May 2010

The numbers being processed through the Drug Treatment Court are to be expanded following a review which shows that the scheme has reduced reoffending rates. Read more

Not a Marginal Issue: Mental Health and the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland 16th March 2010

A new report from the Criminal Justice Inspectorate of Northern Ireland follows the treatment of people with mental health problems through the criminal justice system, starting with the police, moving through prosecution and the courts and ending up with prisons and probation. Read more

Nursing in the Irish Prison Service 5th February 2010

The first research study on prison nursing in Ireland, published by the Irish Prison Service. Read more

Irish Times: Courts explore alternative to jail for mentally ill offenders 16th November 2009

In an article in today's Irish Times, Dr Conor O'Neill outlines the obstacles faced by people with mental illness in the criminal justice system, and the working of the Prison Inreach and Court Liaison Service (PICLS). Read more

Project has diverted 91 mentally ill prisoners to community based treatment. 22nd October 2009

The IPRT welcomes findings from a new study carried out by staff of the Central Mental Health hospital. Results indicate that the Prison Inreach and Court Liaison Service based in Cloverhill prison have successfully diverted 91 mentally ill prisoners to community based treatment in 2008. Read more

Launch of Counselling and Prison Based Drug Addiction Project 24th September 2009

A report on counselling and prison-based addiction treatment in Limerick prison was launched by Bedford Row Family Project, based in Limerick. Read more

The Bradley Report (April 2009) 23rd September 2009 PDF documents

Evidence suggests that there are now more people with mental health problems in prison than ever before. While public protection remains the priority, there is a growing consensus that prison may not always be the right environment for those with severe mental illness (The Bradley Report 2009). Read more

Irish Prison Service Health Care Standards 30th July 2009

The need for a broad based set of health care standards to guide the provision of health services to prisoners is identified in this report from the Irish Prison Service. (Updated July 2009.) Read more

Key Issues for Drugs Policy in Irish Prisons 23rd June 2008 PDF documents

This paper, by the Drug Policy Action Group, analyses the key issues arising from current drugs policy in Irish prisons. Read more

Patients not Prisoners: Report on the Central Mental Hospital Round Table Meeting 30th January 2008 PDF documents

This report from the Central Mental Hospital Carers’ Group outlines concerns regarding the proposed relocation of the Central Mental hospital facility to a site beside the new prison at Thornton Hall in North Dublin. Read more