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Incident at Cloverhill Prison [updated] 29th July 2015

IPRT is highly concerned at reports of a serious incident at Cloverhill Prison on Wed 29 July 2015. Read more

New Bail Bill: initial observations 23rd July 2015

The heads and general scheme of a new Bail Bill have been published today by the Minister for Justice and Equality. Read more

IPRT welcomes passing of Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 21st July 2015

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) welcomes the passage today of the Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 as another important step towards ending the detention of children in adult prisons in Ireland. Read more

Heads of Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill published 14th July 2015

IPRT welcomes the forthcoming implementation of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive, which must take place by 16th November 2015, as a positive change to the Irish law as it currently stands. Read more

Courts Service Annual Report for 2014: update on fines 13th July 2015

On launching the report, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, said that the ICT changes required for commencement of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014 will be completed in autumn 2015. Read more

Justice Committee invites submissions on drug policy review 6th July 2015

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality is inviting public submissions on its drug policy review. Read more

Confidential prison helpline to combat drugs: 1800 855 717 6th July 2015

A new confidential phone line has been launched to combat the illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons into prisons. Read more

Scotland: Further developments in the treatment of female offenders 23rd June 2015

Following the setting aside of earlier plans to create a large prison to house female offenders, Scotland has now announced plans to develop a community-based approach to custody for female offenders, as well as increased use of alternatives to custody. Read more

President Higgins Visits Dóchas Centre 9th June 2015

President Michael D Higgins visited the Dóchas centre, a female prison located in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin Read more

DIT Lecture: Addressing the Ageing Crisis in Criminal Justice Healthcare 8th June 2015

Speaker: Dr. Brie Williams, University of California, San Francisco Read more