IPRT in the News

RTE's 'The Frontline': Mandatory Sentencing for Burglary 1st February 2010

The issue of mandatory sentencing for burglary was the subject of RTE's 'The Frontline' this week; IPRT's Liam Herrick and others voice their opposition to such moves. Read more

Today FM: Convicted offenders to do community service 19th January 2010

IPRT's Liam Herrick spoke to Today FM's 'The Last Word' on a pilot project between the Probation Service and Dublin City Countil which will see convicted offenders do community service, such as cleaning graffiti from city walls. Read more

RTÉ Sunday Forum: Society's Moral Response to Murder 11th January 2010

IPRT's Liam Herrick was one of the panellists discussing what society’s moral response should be to someone who takes another person’s life. The programme focussed on sentencing, and the need to achieve justice for families of victims while showing fairness to perpetrators. Read more

Irish Times: End jailing of boys at St Patrick's, say campaigners 1st December 2009

Penal reform campaigners have called for an end to the practice of locking up teenagers in prison for up to 23 hours a day for their own protection, writes Carl O'Brien in the Irish Times. Read more

Irish Examiner: Behind Bars No Place for a Child 30th November 2009

An analysis piece by Dr Ursula Kilkelly, Chairperson of IPRT, on the launch of 'Detention of Children in Ireland: International Standards and Best Practice.) Read more

RTÉ1 and 4FM: Detention of Children in Ireland 30th November 2009

Liam Herrick, IPRT Executive Director, talks to 4FM's 'Lunchtime'; Dr Ursula Kilkelly, IPRT Chairperson, talks to RTÉ's 'Drivetime'. Read more

Irish Times: European prison crowding ruling could lead to similar case here 9th November 2009

The European Court of Human Rights rules that prison overcrowding in itself can violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to freedom from torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.) Read more

RTÉ Six One News: Violence in Prisons 29th October 2009

RTÉ's Six One News reported on serious incidents which have taken place in Mountjoy Prison and Castlerea Prison this week. Read more

Irish Examiner: Ahern ‘fully committed’ to Community Service Scheme report 20th October 2009

On a very practical level, wider use of community service has the potential to significantly reduce the pressure on the Irish Prison Service. Read more

Irish Times 'Project diverted 91 mentally ill prisoners.' 17th October 2009

Results indicate that the Prison Inreach and Court Liaison Service based in Cloverhill prison have successfully diverted 91 mentally ill prisoners to community based treatment in 2008. Read more

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