IPRT Publications

IPRT Prison Law Paper: Taking Prison Law Cases - a Practical Approach 29th June 2012

This paper seeks to address some practical aspects of taking prison law cases such as the causes of action available, matters relating to evidence, the possible role of interested agencies, and the effect of the release or transfer of a prisoner on a claim. Read more

IPRT Prison Law Paper: Prison conditions under Irish law and the European Convention on Human Rights 29th June 2012

This is part of a series of papers, one of which examines accountability structures and the law regulating Irish prisons; the other explores practical matters surrounding the taking of prison law cases. Read more

Your Rights as a Prisoner | BOOKLET 30th March 2012

This booklet aims to help prisoners understand the rights they have while in prison. It is written in everyday language and is informative and easy to use. Read more

From Justice to Welfare: The Case for Investment in Prevention and Early Intervention 23rd September 2010

A report by Candy Murphy, commissioned by IPRT, Barnardos and IAYPIC, outlining the evidence in favour of shifting resources from the criminal justice system to a system which ensures social justice. Read more

“It’s like stepping on a landmine…” - Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland 24th May 2010

This report from IPRT assesses the current provision of reintegration services and support for prisoners before and after their release from prison, identifies key systemic failures, and makes 14 clear recommendations for necessary improvements. Read more

White Paper on Crime 14th April 2010 Word documents

The current White Paper on crime: description of the process and IPRT submissions. Read more

Whitaker Committee Report 20 Years On

The Whitaker Committee Report 20 Years On: Lessons Learned or Lessons Forgotten? 25th July 2007 PDF documents

A review of the findings of the 1985 Whitaker Committee Report in light of present-day debates on criminal justice and prisons in Ireland. Read more

IPRT Public Opinion Poll on Attitudes towards Prison 5th April 2007 PDF documents

A TNS/MRBI poll commissioned by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults during January 2007 in order to gauge public opinion on a range of issues related to the prison system. Read more

Alternatives to Custody in Ireland Report 15th June 2006 PDF documents

Alternatives to Custody in Ireland is a report by Dr. Mairead Seymour, commissioned by Business in the Community Ireland and produced in partnership with IPRT. Read more

Immigration-related detention in Ireland 30th November 2005 PDF documents

A research report by Mark Kelly of Human Rights Consultants for the Irish Refugee Council, Irish Penal Reform Trust and Immigrant Council of Ireland. Read more


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