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Thejournal.ie: ‘Child offenders will no longer be detained in adult prisons’ 29th March 2017

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Cabinet agreed to end the sentencing of children to adult prisons. 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

The Irish Examiner: Numbers being jailed at lowest since 2008 21st March 2017

An article in today's Irish Examiner by Cormac O'Keefe on how the number of people being jailed has reached its lowest level since 2008. Read more

Round-up: Ireland's examination under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 15th February 2017

IPRT made a submission in advance of CEDAW on issues facing women in the Irish criminal justice system, including:too many women are sent to prison for non-violent offences (including the non-payment of fines),the failure to provide gender-specific alternatives to prison and the lack of open prison facilities for women. state… Read more

Drivetime: Mental Health Issues in Prison 3rd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Mary Wilson on RTE Radio One’s Drivetime, on the topic of mental health in prisons. Read more

The Pat Kenny Show: Interview on Spent Convictions 2nd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Pat Kenny on the topic of spent convictions. Read more

The Irish Examiner: Feud link to rise in prison protection 1st February 2017

Recently released Irish Prison Service (IPS) figures show that the number of prisoners on 22/23 hour lock-up in Mountjoy has jumped eightfold, from six last October to 47 last month. Read more

Irish Legal News: Hospitalisations of Mountjoy prisoners branded 'shocking' 10th January 2017

The number of Irish prisoners who have been hospitalised as a result of assaults, self-harm and drug incidents - particularly at Mountjoy Prison - is "shocking", the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said. Read more

The Detail.TV: Concerns raised over scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland 19th December 2016

In TheDetail.TV and The Irish Times, articles by Claire Smyth raise concerns over the scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland. Read more

The Irish Examiner: No prison visits on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 19th December 2016

The families of prisoners will not be able to visit their loved ones on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, the Irish Prison Service has confirmed. Read more

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