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Data Released on Solitary Confinement in Irish Prisons 24th October 2016

As of 1st January 2016, 51 people in Irish prisons were being held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, while 24 of these had been held in solitary confinement for more than 100 days, and 9 had been held for more than a year. Read more

IPRT calls for national debate on appropriateness of prison for older people with serious health needs 30th September 2016

Serious practical and ethical challenges surround the detention of older people in prison, and there is an urgent need for a wider debate about the appropriateness of detaining old and seriously ill people in a prison environment, particularly those living with dementia or other terminal illnesses. Read more

"In here, time stands still": Rights, Needs and Experiences of Older People in Prison 29th September 2016

This IPRT research report examines the rights, needs and experiences of older people in prison in Ireland, with a number of detailed recommendations. Read more

Report launch: “In here, time stands still” 29th September 2016

On Friday 30th Sept 2016, the eve of the UN International Day of Older Persons, IPRT launched a new research report on the rights, needs and experiences of older people in prison in Ireland. Read more

Round Up: Oberstown Review 19th September 2016

A round-up of IPRT's statements and comments in the media on the annoucement of a review of the Oberstown Children's Detention Campus by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Read more

Oberstown Management and Trade Unions must resolve issues urgently to ensure duty of care to children is not undermined 30th August 2016

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today called on the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Oberstown Management and trade unions to resolve the industrial relations issues immediately in order to ensure that their collective duty to the children in their care is fulfilled. Read more

IPRT Statement on Ongoing Industrial Action at Oberstown 29th August 2016

IPRT is extremely concerned about the reports of continued industrial action at Oberstown Child Detention School, today 29 August 2016, particularly reports that children have been confined to their bedrooms from 8am to 4pm today. Read more

Now Recruiting: Senior Research and Policy Project Manager 14th August 2016

IPRT wishes to recruit a Senior Research and Policy Project Manager on a fixed-term contract of three years. The post-holder will have very well developed skills and experience in both research programme delivery and planning including management of interns and project management. Read more

Cork Alliance Centre: Conference on Desistance from Crime 27th July 2016

The Cork Alliance Centre will host a conference on the theme of ‘Narrowing the Disconnect – the Ethics of Supporting Desistance from Crime’ this autumn. Read more

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