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Irish Examiner: Calls for better services to stop convicts reoffending 26th May 2010

The launch of IPRT's Report on Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland covered in the Irish Examiner. Read more

TV3 MidWeek: Conditions in Mountjoy Prison 26th May 2010

Colette Fitzpatrick talks to John Lonergan, Paul Mckay and Liam Herrick about the conditions in Mountjoy Prison. Read more

RTÉ News at One: Concern over numbers of reoffenders 25th May 2010

RTÉ reporter Caitríona Perry interviewed the speakers at the launch of the IPRT report '"It's like stepping on a landmine..." - Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland'. In the news item, a former prisoner articulated the difficulties faced in reintegrating into society after release. Read more

Irish Times: 60% of prisoners likely to reoffend, says report 25th May 2010

IPRT highlights the need for a greater commitment to the reintegration of prisoners. Read more

The Sunday Times: Jail upgrades spark doubts over ‘super-prison’ 23rd May 2010

Existing prisons are being extended as Thornton Hall becomes a 'long-term' objective, and calls for spent convictions legislation. Read more

Mountjoy Under Spotlight at Justice Committee Meeting 21st May 2010

Former Mountjoy Visiting Committee member, Paul Mckay, appeared yesterday before the Justice Committee to express his concern at the conditions in the prison. Read more

Irish Times: Parents behind bars 18th May 2010

As Ireland’s prison population grows, more children are having to cope with the stigma and loneliness of a parent in jail, writes Sheila Wayman in 'The Irish Times'. Read more

Today FM: What does imprisonment for life actually mean? 11th May 2010

Should life sentences for homicide run concurrently or consecutively? Liam Herrick of IPRT and Joan Deane of AdVIC talked to Today FM's Matt Cooper about sentencing in homicide cases. Read more

Irish Times: Parents imprisoned for failing to ensure children go to school 7th May 2010

In an article in today's 'Irish Times', Jamie Smyth and Brendan Grehan report on the imprisonment of parents for failure to ensure their children attend school. IPRT believes the €8k it costs to imprison a parent for 30 days could be better spent... Read more

Sunday Business Post: Prison service hits out at ‘unsuitable’ medical provisions 2nd May 2010

Public Affairs Correspondent John Burke reports on a newly published review of health care provision in the Irish prison system. Read more

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