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Centre for Mental Health (UK) publish report 'Traumatic brain injury and offending: an economic analysis' 21st July 2016

In its report, the Centre for Mental Health (UK) explores the consequences of traumatic brain injury, along with its links to crime and offending. Read more

Irish Prison Service releases Annual Report 2015 21st July 2016

The Irish Prison Service has released its 2015 Annual Report. Included are statistics relating to the profile of the prison population in Ireland along with a progress report on its Strategic Plan (2013-2015). Read more

Irish Prison Service publishes Strategic Plan 2016-2018 20th July 2016

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has published its strategic plan for the next three years to provide a safer prison community, dignity of care, and rehabilitation to prisoners. Read more

Slopping out ended in Cork Prison 18th July 2016

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD performed the official opening of the new Cork Prison today. Read more

IPRT Statement: Our commitment to full transparency and accountability 7th July 2016

In light of recent revelations relating to the abuse of charitable funds and lack of governance in a high profile case, IPRT would like to take this opportunity to state that we strive to apply the highest standards of governance in our work Read more

Whole of Government approach needed to address gap between human rights commitments and prison realities – IPRT 27th June 2016

ADVISORY: Commitments to safer communities can only be met by a ‘whole of Government’ approach to offending and reoffending, along with improved public accountability through regular publication of criminal justice data and prison inspection reports. Read more

Tánaiste publishes Prison Visiting Committee Reports for 2015 24th June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, today published the reports of the 14 Prison Visiting Committees. Read more

Monitoring infectious diseases in prison as part of a whole-system review of prison healthcare 23rd June 2016

ADVISORY: Monitoring the prevalence of infectious diseases (HIV, HCV and TB) in prison is an issue of concern to prison staff and prisoners alike, and must be included in regular prison health monitoring and inspection mechanisms. Read more

Inspector of Prisons' review of prisoner complaints system 9th June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has published the Inspector of Prisons' report on a 'Review, Evaluation and Analysis of the Operation of the present Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure'. Read more

IPRT welcomes report by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice into the needs of young adults (18-24) in prison 1st June 2016

IPRT welcomes the report launched yesterday (31st May 2016) by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice calling for reform of the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system. Read more