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: Problem-Solving Approaches to Criminal Justice 16th December 2016

The Prison Reform Trust UK, in collaboration with the ICPR and the University of Birkbeck in London, have released a report on problem-solving approaches to criminal justice issues. Read more

Northern Ireland: Report finds 'detrimental' approach to care of vulnerable men at Maghaberry 29th November 2016

On 23rd November 2016, a range of inspectorial bodies published their joint report on an announced 'low impact' inspection of Maghaberrry Prison in September. The report details serious concerns regarding the treatment of vulnerable men within the prison, with a significant reference to extended periods of isolated detention as 'solitary… Read more

England & Wales: 'Great Expectations', Prisoner's Education Trust 14th September 2016

This report makes recommendations towards better learning outcomes for young people and young adults in custody in England and Wales. Read more

UK Report: ‘Unlocking potential: a review of education in prison’ 16th May 2016

This report from the 16th of May 2016 gives a detailed review of the state of education provision in the UK prison system, and makes recommendations mainly directed at public sector prisons in England, but with the principles set out also to be applicable to the private estate, and Wales. Read more

US: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education 27th August 2013

A new research report by the RAND Corporation has found that engagement with educational and vocational programmes in prison reduces recidivism and increases the likelihood of employment post-release. Read more

US: Recommendations for reducing incarceration through evidence-based policies 15th August 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently published a report making a series of evidence based recommendations on how states can reduce incarceration, reducing both costs and crime rates. Read more

US Report: Recidivism and the Revolving Door in American Prisons 14th April 2011

A US study has found that four in ten offenders in the US return to state prisons within three years of their release Read more

US report: The State of Sentencing 2010 25th February 2011

A new report published by The Sentencing Project in the US highlights how many states have enacted new sentencing measures so to manage prison populations. Read more

Economic Climate's Positive Effect on U.S. Prison Policy 5th November 2010

From the 1980s America has seen an explosion in prison numbers, becoming the world leader in regards the rate of incarceration. Every year since 1985 has seen a rise in the levels of people behind bars. A natural corollary of this has been massive growth in the cost of corrections… Read more

U.S: State Prison Population Declines for First Time in 38 Years 20th April 2010

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the number of state prisoners in the United States has declined, according to survey data compiled by the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States, in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators Read more

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