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Joint release issued by the Prevention & Early Intervention Network (PEIN) 15th April 2014

ADVISORY: Early intervention to tackle social problems makes both economic and moral sense, and results in better outcomes for young people and families. Early intervention brings 4:1 return on investment. Read more

Fines legislation will have no impact on prison committals unless fully commenced – IPRT 10th April 2014

ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading penal reform campaign organisation, has today (Thursday, 10th April 2014) welcomed the passing of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 through both Houses of the Oireachtas. Read more

IPRT calls for full investigation into prison tapes 2nd April 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is extremely concerned at revelations that the Irish Prison Service recorded calls between prisoners and their legal representatives. Read more

Media reports: Calls between prisoners and solicitors recorded 1st April 2014

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that conversations between 84 prisoners and their solicitors were "inadvertently recorded". Read more

“Proportionate, informed and timely interventions designed to meet the needs of women”- Prison Reform Trust 27th March 2014

The Prison Reform Trust published “Brighter Futures: Working together to reduce women’s offending”. This briefing highlights the specific needs of women in contact with the criminal justice system and profiles existing initiatives and partnerships within the United Kingdom that seek to deal more effectively with women’s offending. Read more

Accelerating rates of female imprisonment must be addressed with urgency in order to minimise harm to families and communities – IPRT 6th March 2014

IPRT MEDIA ADVISORY:The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today welcomed the joint commitment by The Probation Service and the Irish Prison Service to develop more effective gender-informed responses to offending by women. IPRT calls on both agencies to develop and implement a detailed plan of action with urgency. Read more

Visiting Committee Annual Report 2013 for Limerick Prison published 5th March 2014

Minister Shatter published the Visiting Committee Annual Report 2013 for Limerick Prison today. Read more

Ombudsman for Children's Office publish report on Children in Care 4th March 2014

A report by the Ombudsman for Children's Office provides an overview and analysis of the repetitive issues and their root causes regarding the provision of services for children in care. Read more

Cabinet and Seanad approve Community Court pilot for Dublin 27th February 2014

Both the Cabinet and the Seanad have given approval to create a pilot Community Court in Dublin. The Department of Justice & Equality is to look into the matter further. Read more

Oireachtas Justice Committee, submissions on 'Community Courts' & Seanad Debate 26th February 2014 Word documents II

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, has included all submissions, written and oral, in relation to a proposed pilot Community Court in Dublin Read more


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