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More regular inspections needed during “turbulent transition” at Oberstown – IPRT 3rd August 2017

IPRT welcomes the publication by the Health Information and Quality Authority of its comprehensive and detailed report on an unannounced inspection of Oberstown Children Detention Campus, conducted 27 March 2017. IPRT also welcomes the Action Plan by Oberstown management in response to identified issues. Read more

The Irish Prison Service Release 'Elimination of Solitary Confinement' Policy Document 31st July 2017

In July 2017, the Irish Prison Service issued a new policy document on the elimination of solitary confinement, incorporating Rules 44 and 45 of the UN Mandela Rules. Read more

Press Release: UN Torture Committee puts tough questions on prison issues to Irish Government 27th July 2017

The UN Committee on Torture questions Ireland about its efforts to ensure that the rights of everyone in the penal system are respected and on progress on various issues of concern. Read more

Press Release: IPRT highlights lack of mental health services in Irish prisons ahead of UN Committee hearing 25th July 2017

Ahead of Ireland's UNCAT hearing later this week, IPRT has made a submission to the Committee outlining concerns about the Irish penal system. Mental health in prison is among these concerns. Read more

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Publish Report Ahead of 2nd Periodic UNCAT Review 18th July 2017

IPRT welcomes the publication of IHREC’s report in advance of the 2nd periodic review of UNCAT Ireland and the Convention against Torture. The IHREC report highlights the need for the State to ratify OPCAT which would provide a clear ‘roadmap’ and timeline for the implementation of OPCAT. Ireland signed the… Read more

Media Advisory: IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations 17th July 2017

IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations on criminal convictions and alternative sanctions. Read more

Sentencing Proposals: Sexual Offences 11th July 2017

IPRT has a number of concerns about proposals included in the Criminal Justice (Commission of Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2017 [PMB], which may have unintended negative consequences. Read more

Minister introduces Amendment to Prison Rules: “Meaningful Human Contact” 7th July 2017

On 29th June 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan TD, introduced an amendment to Rule 27 (1) of the Prison Rules 2007 to 2017. Read more

UNCAT: Prisons Under the UN spotlight 6th July 2017

Ireland’s second examination under the UN Convention against Torture will take place on 27th and 28th July 2017. Read more

Children of Prisoners Europe's (COPE) 2017 Campaign “Not My Crime, Still My Sentence” 2nd June 2017

On a given day, 800,000 children in the European Union alone have an imprisoned parent. Read here about COPE's annual cross-European campaign entitled ‘Not My Crime, Still My Sentence’ running throughout the month of June. Read more

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