News & Press Releases

Irish Penal Reform Trust welcomes increase in use of community service as a response to offending 17th June 2019

RELEASE: Although the rise in the number of offenders being dealt with through the Probation Service is welcome, IPRT is concerned at the fall in numbers participating in the Community Return Programme. Read more

Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change 14th June 2019

This new cross-European venture aims to help embed restorative justice and restorative practices within the Irish criminal justice system. Read for information on how to join the Stakeholder Group. Read more

Round Up: Parole in the media 11th June 2019

Read about IPRT’s recent media engagements on the reform of the parole process. Read more

Parole legislation must be progressed with urgency to ensure clear, transparent and fair system for everyone 5th June 2019

ADVISORY: IPRT welcomes the restated commitment of the Minister for Justice and Equality to progress legislation needed to reform the current parole system. Read more

Law Reform Commission publishes Fifth Programme of Law Reform 5th June 2019

IPRT welcomes the inclusion of ‘Structured Sentencing’ as a project in the LRC’s Fifth Programme of Law Reform. Read more

Report on Education Inequality & Disadvantage and Barriers to Education 5th June 2019

The Joint Committee on Education and Skills has published the Report on Education Inequality & Disadvantage and Barriers to Education, following meetings with stakeholders in 2018, including IPRT. Read more

Parole and Temporary Release in Ireland: An overview 4th June 2019

Want to know more about how parole works? We have compiled a brief overview of the purpose of parole and temporary release, as well as some recent figures on the use of parole in Ireland. Read more

Doubling up in cells is an ineffective and short-term response to overcrowding 3rd May 2019

IPRT repsonse to reports of recategorisation of single cells to deal with overcrowding. Read more

The Irish Times: ‘Prisoner numbers in highly successful rehabilitation scheme cut by half’ 29th April 2019

The Irish Times reported on the drop in numbers being admitted to the Community Return Programme, with comment from IPRT’s Fíona Ní Chinnéide. Read more

IPRT response to actions taken by the IPS in relation to deaths in custody 24th April 2019

The Irish Examiner has today reported on the Irish Prison Service’s response to reports of inaccurate record-keeping in cases of deaths in custody. Read more


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