International

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 Annual Report 2017-2018 11th October 2018

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (England and Wales) has released its Annual Report 2017-2018 Read more

UK: Sentencing Young Adults 20th September 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform has published research on the need for the development of formal sentencing principles for young adults. Read more

UK: Bromley Briefings Summer 2018 24th July 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings provides extensive facts and figures on a wide range of key areas within the UK prison system. Read more

UK: Employment and benefits outcomes of prison education 16th July 2018

Using data from the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, the Justice Data Lab have produced a report assessing the employment and benefits outcomes for offenders who received grants for distance learning in prison. Read more

UK: Prison Reform Trust publishes ‘What about me?’ 9th July 2018

‘What about me?’ is essential research conducted by the Prison Reform Trust, detailing the impact on children when mothers are involved in the criminal justice system. Read more

UK: Report on Housing for Women in the Criminal Justice System 19th June 2018

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) and Women in Prison (WiP) have published a report entitled ‘Home truths: housing for women in the criminal justice system'. Read more

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 'Ageing and Detention' 14th June 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has published a booklet entitled 'Ageing and Detention', which seeks to draw attention to the needs of older detainees. Read more

UK – Ministry of Justice: Do offender characteristics affect the impact of short custodial sentences and court orders on reoffending? 25th May 2018

The Ministry of Justice recently published an Analytical Summary examining the reoffending impact of short-term custodial and court order sentences on different groups of offenders. Read more

Global Prison Trends 2018 15th May 2018

Penal Reform International (PRI) has published the 2018 edition of 'Global Prison Trends'. Read more

UK: Youth Justice Statistics 2016/2017 25th January 2018

Youth Justice Statistics for 2016/2017 published by the Youth Justice Board and the Ministry of Justice. Read more

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