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Refusal of TR may have amounted to a failure to prevent torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment - IPRT 18th December 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: IPRT is gravely concerned at the process surrounding the decision taken by the Minister for Justice, the Department of Justice, and the Irish Prison Service to refuse temporary release to an elderly prisoner suffering from multiple severe medical conditions, who subsequently died in Midlands Prison in January 2012. Read more

Children's Rights Behind Bars: Report 11th December 2014

Children’s Rights Behind Bars is a collaboration between 16 European and International organisations. Its goal is to increase the respect of human rights of children deprived of liberty and improve the implementation of international juvenile justice standards to protect the rights and needs of incarcerated children. Read more

Facing Forward report: ‘Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?’ 1st December 2014

Facing Forward today launched their ‘Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?’ report. Read more

IPRT welcomes statement by Minister for Justice on penal policy recommendations 20th November 2014

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mrs Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced the agreement, in principle, of Government to proceed immediately with the implementation of some key recommendations from Strategic Review on Penal Policy. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Achieving Penal Reform 18th November 2014

IPRT is now inviting tenders for the research and drafting of a broad policy paper on penal reform. Read more

Seanad Debate on Penal Reform 5th November 2014

IPRT welcomed the Seanad Private Member's Motion calling on the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline her proposals for reform of penal policy in the context of the recommendations of (1) Report on Penal Reform by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality and (2) the Strategic… Read more

Invitation to Tender: Rights & Needs of LGBT Prisoners 10th October 2014

[Now closed] IPRT is currently inviting tenders for a research project on the current provision for and specific needs of LGBT prisoners in Ireland. Read more

Failures in accountability structures in Irish prisons “extremely disturbing” – IPRT 9th October 2014

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is gravely concerned that the Inspector of Prisons is unable to rely on the veracity of official prison records when investigating a death within prison walls. Read more

Call for Art by Children affected by Family Imprisonment 2nd October 2014

The School of Law, UCC is seeking art work from children who have a family member in prison. Read more

IPRT welcomes Penal Policy Review Report as a “blueprint” for a fairer and more effective penal system 17th September 2014

ADVISORY: Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today warmly welcomed the publication of the final report of the Strategic Review on Penal Policy as a blueprint for a fairer and more effective penal system. Read more

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