News & Press Releases

Incredible Years: early intervention project in Ballymun 5th October 2009

On Morning Ireland this morning, Emma O'Kelly reported on a new intervention programme designed to reduce delinquency in young people. Read more

Irish Times: 'Grave concern' over prison overcrowding 2nd October 2009

The IHRC has given its backing to claims by the head of Mountjoy Prison’s visiting committee, Stephen Langton, that prison overcrowding is at dangerous levels and could be relieved if the courts stopped sending petty criminals to jail. Read more

Prisons Need Reform 2nd October 2009 Word documents

The Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee Chairperson, Stephen Langton criticizes the overcrowding conditions and the threat drugs gangs in Irish prison hold to other inmates and prisoner staff. Read more

"Inhuman and Degrading Treatment": Inspection Report on Mountjoy Prison 24th September 2009

Incontrovertible and devastating evidence of chronic conditions in the largest prison in the State has been released in a report on an inspection of Mountjoy Prison today. Read more

Law Reform Commission: Debt should not lead to prison 22nd September 2009

The Law Reform Commission has recommended that people who genuinely cannot pay personal debts should not be sent to prison, in a consultation paper published today. Read more

Short-term savings on children has long-term costs for society 3rd September 2009

Ireland is among the “worst performing nations” when it comes to how much we spend on general child welfare in terms of health and education. Read more

Letter to the Editor, Irish Times: "Prisons under 'severe strain'" 20th August 2009

It is possible to change both the present and the future of our prison system, states Dr Mary Rogan in a letter to the Irish Times today. Read more

IPS Annual Report: IPRT greatly concerned at dramatic increase in numbers 14th August 2009

The Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2008 sends out clear warning signals regarding the failing system of court-imposed fines, the impact of mandatory sentencing for drugs offences, and the sharp increase in short-term sentences. Read more

'Teaching within the walls': a collaboration between UCC and Cork Prison 4th August 2009

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at UCC recently concluded its Second Annual Course on Citizenship and the Law in Cork Prison. Thirteen inmates completed the short course, delivered by staff of the Law Faculty over a six week period in May/June 2009. Read more

IPRT welcomes 'Standards for the Inspection of Prisons in Ireland' 31st July 2009

IPRT welcomes the publication of the 'Standards for the Inspection of Prisons in Ireland'; this forms an important step towards the creation of a uniform inspection regime of prison conditions, and guidance for the management of prisons. Read more


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