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. 

Sentencing under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977: Research Study 30th May 2001 PDF documents

Research into the principles applied by the courts in sentencing under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, with particular reference to the criteria used by the courts in determining whether or not to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. By Patrick McEvoy BL. Read more

Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill Prisoners 30th April 2001 PDF documents

A report examining the placement of mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement in Irish prisons, by Dr. Valerie Bresnihan on behalf of IPRT. Read more

Building on Experience: National Drugs Strategy 2001 – 2008 31st December 2000 PDF documents

A review of the existing strategy, with a view to developing revised strategies and, where necessary, new arrangements through which to deliver them. Read more

Mandatory Drug Testing in Prisons: Research 30th January 1997 PDF documents

Research into Mandatory Drug Testing by Morag MacDonald, University of Central England in Birmingham: Centre for Research into Quality. Read more

HIV/AIDS in Youth Custody Settings: A Comprehensive Strategy 18th June 1996 PDF documents

This report calls for comprehensive education as the first step to preventing HIV infection in young offenders. Read more

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