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Irish Examiner: 'Justice delayed is justice denied' 7th October 2013

Writing in today's 'Irish Examiner', crime correspondent Cormac O'Keeffe reports that seven years after "one of the most savage killings in Irish prisons" there is still no inquiry report - but it is expected by end 2013. Read more

The Irish Times: 'The Prison Trap: mental strains of solitary confinement' 17th September 2013

An article from the excellent investigative series on mental health and prisons, 'The Prison Trap', which ran in the The Irish Times 14-17 Sept 2013. Read more

Irish Examiner: Prisoner total below 4,000 for first time in four years 10th September 2013

Prisoner numbers have dropped below 4,000 for the first time since the end of 2009, with 3,983 people in custody on 9th Sept 2013 and 645 on temporary release. Read more

Roundup: Coverage of IPRT lecture on Solitary Confinement 6th August 2013

Media coverage of issues and concerns around 23-hour lock up and restrictive regimes, brought into focus by the 2013 IPRT Annual Lecture. Read more

Roundup: Reactions to announcement of closure of St. Patrick's Institution 4th July 2013

A roundup of press releases, media reactions and discussions following the announcement on 3rd July 2013 by the Minister for Justice that St Patrick's Institution is to be closed within 6 months. Read more

RTÉ 'This Week': the movement of youth offenders to Oberstown 23rd June 2013

Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan, IMPACT Spokesperson Catherine Keogh, and Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust comment on the detention of young offenders at Oberstown. Read more

Concern over cell-sharing and increased capacity at Cork Prison 14th June 2013

The 'Irish Examiner' and 'The Cork News' report on plans for the building of a replacement prison in Cork, which will see capacity increased through planned cell-sharing. Read more

Roundup: Reactions to further delays in report regarding the killing of Gary Douch 6th June 2013

A roundup of media reactions and discussions following further delays in the publication of the report into the killing of Gary Douch in prison custody Read more

Roundup: Reactions to the Annual Reports and Joint Strategic Plan of the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service 24th May 2013

A roundup of media reactions and discussions following publication on the 8th May 2013 of the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Annual Reports for 2012 and their Joint Strategic Plan for 2013-2015. Read more

Irish Examiner: Ireland tops EU table for prisoner release 8th May 2013

A Council of Europe Penal Statistics Survey (SPACE I) of over 50 countries reveals Ireland to have one of the highest committal and release rates in Europe, reports Cormac O’Keeffe in the Irish Examiner. Read more


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