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IPRT welcomes statement by Minister for Justice on penal policy recommendations 20th November 2014

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mrs Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced the agreement, in principle, of Government to proceed immediately with the implementation of some key recommendations from Strategic Review on Penal Policy. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Achieving Penal Reform 18th November 2014

IPRT is now inviting tenders for the research and drafting of a broad policy paper on penal reform. Read more

Seanad Debate on Penal Reform 5th November 2014

IPRT welcomed the Seanad Private Member's Motion calling on the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline her proposals for reform of penal policy in the context of the recommendations of (1) Report on Penal Reform by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality and (2) the Strategic… Read more

Invitation to Tender: Rights & Needs of LGBT Prisoners 10th October 2014

[Now closed] 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


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