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Passing of Spent Convictions legislation a historic step for Ireland, but could go much further 3rd February 2016

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today (Wednesday, 3 February 2016) welcomed the passage of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012 through both houses of the Oireachtas. Read more

Launch: Out on the Inside 2nd February 2016

IPRT launched a new report on the rights, needs and experiences of LGBT people in prison in Ireland on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 in the Wood Quay Venue, Christchurch, Dublin 8. Read more

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012 passed in Dáil 29th January 2016

The 'Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012' was passed in the Dáil on Wednesday 27th January 2016. Read more

Youth justice issues at UNCRC 15th January 2016

Ireland is being examined at the UN in respect of its compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPRT's formal submissions were included as part of the Children’s Rights Alliance Parallel Report. Read more

IPRT strongly welcomes Minister’s announcement on new Children’s Bail Supervision Scheme 13th January 2016

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, has announced the commencement of a tender process for the procurement of intervention services for children in the criminal justice system under a new Bail Supervision Scheme. According to the Minister, the Bail Supervision Scheme is to be launched… Read more

IPRT welcomes commencement of fines legislation 11th January 2016

ADVISORY: IPRT strongly welcomes the commencement today by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014, including the introduction of the facility to pay court-ordered fines by instalment, more than 5 years after it was first included in the Fines Act 2010. Read more

Temporary release from prison at Christmas 23rd December 2015

Christmas is one of the most difficult times of year for prisoners and their families. Read more

Season's Greetings from IPRT 21st December 2015

IPRT would like to thank everyone for their support in 2015. In 2016, IPRT will continue to work towards progressive reform of the penal system, in which humans rights are respected and imprisonment is used only as a last resort. Read more

Legislation to close St Patrick's passes all stages in Oireachtas 16th December 2015

IPRT celebrates the completion of all stages of the Prisons Bill 2015 in the Oireachtas, a critical final step on the long path ending the practice of detaining children in St Patrick's Institution. Read more

Government progress on closure of St Patrick’s Institution must be matched by commitments to end detention of children in Wheatfield 7th December 2015

IPRT strongly welcomes the publication by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD of the Prisons Bill 2015, which will provide for the closure of St Patrick’s Institution. This concrete progress by Government on ending the detention of children in St Patrick’s Institution comes after decades of inaction by… Read more