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Invitation to Tender: Research Project 10th October 2014

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

Two-tier prison system demands immediate action by Minister for Justice on accountability – IPRT 12th September 2014

On the publication of two reports by the Inspector of Prisons today, IPRT has called on Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD for immediate action on Government commitments to strengthen accountability in prisons, and to introduce an effective, fully independent prisoner complaints mechanism such as a Prisoner… Read more

Parole decision-making should be removed from political control – IPRT 10th September 2014

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform campaign organisation, has today called on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mrs Frances Fitzgerald TD, to establish an independent Parole Board on a statutory basis, and remove decision-making around the release of life-sentenced prisoners from political control. Read more

RTÉ: Women on the Inside 5th September 2014 YouTube

A new two-part documentary series, filmed behind the walls of Ireland's women prisons, depicts life inside - tune in on Mon 8th Sept and Mon 15th Sept. Read more

Report on an Inspection of Loughan House Open Centre 22nd August 2014

A Report by the Inspector of Prisons on an Inspection of Loughan House has been published by the Minister for Justice. Crucially, the Inspector identifies the lack of equal provision for women prisoners in Ireland as a key issue. Read more

IPRT welcomes emphasis on urgency in UN recommendations to Ireland on prison conditions 24th July 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust has today welcomed the clear statement by the UN Human Rights Committee of the need for urgent and accelerated action on “adverse conditions in a number of prisons” in Ireland. Read more

Human Rights Committee: Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Ireland 24th July 2014

The UN Human Rights Committee’s Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Ireland were published today. The recommendations follow the State’s examination under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Geneva on 14 July 2014. Read more

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