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Irish Legal News: Penal reform group welcomes recommendations on drug decriminalisation and spent convictions 18th July 2017

IPRT has welcomed the National Drugs Strategy’s recommendation that the Government consider decriminalisation of minor drug possession and review spent convictions legislation. Read more

The Irish Times: Judge calls for law on parents of young offenders to be abolished 10th July 2017

Article on how encouraging the engagement of parents is generally more effective than criminalisation, in terms of parental supervision orders. Read more

thejournal.ie: Prisoners have a very basic human need for contact 9th July 2017

A recent amendment to prison rules looks at the “meaningful human contact” prisoners get when out of their cells. Read more

Round-up: IPS Annual Report 2016 17th May 2017

Read IPRT's comments in the media on the release of the Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2016, and the reduction in prison committals. Read more

Irish Independent: Inside a Women's Prison 14th May 2017

Article on imprisonment of women in Ireland by Cathal McMahon. Read more

Round-Up: Closure of St. Patrick’s Institution & Ministerial Order ending the sentencing of children to adult prison in Ireland 10th April 2017

Read IPRT’s statements and comments on the closure of St. Patrick’s Institution & the Ministerial Order ending the sentencing of children to adult prison in Ireland. Read more

The Irish Times: Grim chapter in criminal justice ends as St Patrick’s closes 7th April 2017

On Friday 7th April 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD closed St. Patrick’s Institution. Read more

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'Keeffe on how the number of people being jailed has reached its lowest level since 2008. Read more


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