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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

Children of Prisoners: Not My Crime, Still My Sentence 2nd June 2015

The 2015 Children of Prisoners Europe June campaign, “Not my crime, still my sentence”, aims to inform, raise awareness about and draw attention to the rights and needs of children separated from a parent in prison. Read more

IPRT statement on deaths in prison custody 18th May 2015

The deaths of three prisoners have occurred in Irish prisons during May 2015. Read more

Progress on prison reforms welcome but Courts are still sending too many people to prison – IPRT 18th May 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today welcomed progress by the Irish Prison Service towards addressing overcrowding in prisons, with daily prison numbers returning to 2009 levels. Read more

IPRT welcomes extension of youth diversion projects and initiatives 15th May 2015

IPRT welcomes two announcements in the area of youth justice this week by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD. Read more

Liam Minihan Memorial Lecture: “Protecting the Human Rights of Prisoners” 14th May 2015

Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Chairperson of IPRT, will deliver the 13th Liam Minihan Memorial Lecture, which is organised by the Irish Prison Education Association (IPEA). Read more

New approach to offending by young adults aged 18-24 needed to address over-representation in prison population – IPRT 12th May 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: IPRT is calling on the Department of Justice and Equality to develop a discrete strategy for young adults aged 18–24 years who commit offences, grounded in evidence of what works to promote and support desistance from offending behaviour among this age group. Read more

IPRT welcomes commitments in Justice Strategy Statement 2015 - 2017 21st April 2015

The Dept of Justice and Equality published its Strategy Statement 2015 - 2017 on 17th April 2015. Read more