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The work of IPRT is led by a number of standards developed by international bodies, organisations and courts in relation to imprisonment and wider issues of the State’s penal policy. In particular, our work is based on the commitment to implement in Ireland a human rights-based approach to penal policy.

With this in mind, IPRT’s research, policy and awareness-raising campaigns are developed to support and monitor the implementation in the context of penal policy in Ireland of the United Nations and Council of Europe standards.

The IPRT is also committed to the promotion of best practice examples that have proved effective in other jurisdictions. To this end, we aim to provide a comprehensive library of good practices that can be accessed and used by practitioners, academics, prisoners, and anyone else interested in penal reform and penal policy. The Library is updated on a regular basis to take into account most recent developments in this area.

UK:'PPO's learning lessons bulletin: Older Prisoners' 26th June 2017

The Probation & Prisons Ombudsman of England and Wales, Nigel Newcomen, launched his latest ‘Learning Lessons Bulletin’, which offers insights and recommendations to the prison service with regards to dealing with older prisoners. Read more

Scotland: Families Outside Report on National Framework for Prison Visitors’ Centres in Scotland 19th June 2017

Families Outside have recently published their report on the National Performance Framework for Prison Visitors’ Centres in Scotland. In 2015 the Scottish Government announced that it would be providing £1.8 million over a three-year period to assist the work of Prison Visitor Centres. Any Prison Visitor Centre seeking funding from… Read more

Prison Reform Trust UK Launch 'Out for Good' Report 2nd June 2017

A new report published on 2nd June 2017 by the Prison Reform Trust details findings of a two-year programme at HMP Brixton set up to give practical training and employment opportunities for prisoners and to develop ways in which prisons can set up sustainable training and employment networks to aid… Read more

Penal Reform International launch their Global Prison Trends 2017 Report 25th May 2017

Penal Reform International have launched their Global Prison Trends 2017 report in which they have analysed certain trends that have commonality across global penal institutions. They have found some progressive advancements and positive trends but they have also found some trends that are a cause of concern most notably the… Read more

UK: 'PPO’s learning lessons bulletin: self-inflicted deaths among female prisoners’ 28th March 2017

UK Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen has highlighted a “lack of concerted and sustained action” following a rise in the number of suicides among female prisoners. Read more

Round-up: Council of Europe 'SPACE I' Annual Penal Statistics in Europe for 2015 22nd March 2017

The Council of Europe have published their Report: SPACE I Annual Penal Statistics in Europe for 2015, containing a detailed breakdown of penological trends across Europe. 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

Norway: ‘Women in Prison: A Thematic Report about the conditions for female prisoners in Norway’ 20th January 2017

'Women in Prison' is the first thematic report published by the Norwegian Parliamentary Ombudsman under its UN mandate as the national preventive mechanism against torture and ill-treatment. Read more

UK Report: ‘Rehabilitation by Design: Influencing Change in Prisoner Behaviour’, by Gleeds UK 20th January 2017

Gleeds UK have released a report that examines the way in which the design of a prison can influence re-offending rates in England and Wales. 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