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IPRT Briefing: Solitary Confinement, Isolation, Protection and Special Regimes 23rd July 2013

A short document outlining the issues, the applicable human rights standards, and 10 key recommendations. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Detention of Children in St. Patrick's Institution (updated) 18th July 2012 PDF documents

A short document outlining IPRT's position on the ongoing detention of children in St. Patrick's Institution, together with information on the conditions, the issues and three key recommendations. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Complaints, Monitoring and Inspection in Prisons (updated) 26th June 2012

A summary of an IPRT Position Paper which sets out the main issues relating to the monitoring and inspection of places of detention, and the need for independent external mechanisms for review of prisoners' complaints. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Overcrowding in Irish Prisons (updated) 12th October 2011 PDF documents

A short updated document on the overcrowding crisis in Irish Prisons, identifying short-, medium- and long-term solutions. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Women in Detention 22nd August 2011 PDF documents

Women offenders generally present a lower risk to society, yet high numbers are being sent to prison for non-violent offences. This Briefing outlines the current provisions for female prisoners in Ireland, with eight clear recommendations for change. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Spent Convictions 10th May 2011 PDF documents

A short document outlining the current situation with regard to spent convictions and why enacting legislation is so important. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2011 23rd March 2011 PDF documents

A short analysis of the Community Service Bill which will be discussed in the Dáil on 24th March 2011. IPRT welcomes the Bill from the new Minister for Justice, Mr.Alan Shatter. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Sanitation and Slopping Out in Irish Prisons 24th January 2011 PDF documents

The ongoing practice of ‘slopping out’ in Irish prisons has received national and international condemnation. Despite Government assurances since 1993 that it will bring an end to this inhuman and degrading practice, it continues - in direct contravention of international human rights law. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland 13th July 2010 PDF documents

A short document making 12 key recommendations towards the necessary improvement of reintegration services in Ireland, thereby stemming the high rates of recidivism which sees 60% of prisoners return to prison. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Fines Bill 2009 (Report Stage) 1st March 2010 PDF documents

A short document outlining amendments to the Fines Bill 2009, necessary to ensure that imprisonment is used only as a last resort for fine default. Read more

IPRT Briefing: Mental Health in Prisons (preliminary) 17th November 2009 PDF documents

A short document outlining the issue of mental health in Irish prisons, with six key recommendations. Read more

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