News & Press Releases

Publication of Fourth Report of the Implementation Oversight Group 10th November 2017

The 'Fourth Report of the Implementation Oversight Group' has been published by the Department of Justice and Equality. Read more

IPRT calls on Government to introduce legal framework regarding single separation for children 7th November 2017

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has called on the Government to introduce a legal framework governing the holding of children in single separation. IPRT made the call in light of a High Court judgement delivered today (06.11.17) in a case taken by four young males against Oberstown Children Detention… Read more

Progress in the Penal System: A framework for penal reform (2017) 24th October 2017

The 'PIPS' report is the first in a series of three annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system. Read more

Community Service in Ireland: A qualitative exploration of one alternative to short-term imprisonment 11th October 2017

This discussion paper is based on the qualitative findings of employment-based PhD research completed by Dr Kate O'Hara. Read more

IPRT event highlights employer experience of hiring ex-offenders 26th September 2017

Media advisory: Irish employers are missing out on a wealth of untapped potential, talent and skills if they exclude people with convictions from interview lists. Read more

High Court Judgement on 'Slopping Out' 14th September 2017

A significant court judgment in relation to prison conditions was delivered in the High Court yesterday (Wed 13th Sept 2017). Read more

Event Update: Advancing the Rights and Needs of Children with a Parent in Prison 6th September 2017

Event 'Unseen, Unheard', took place on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Read more

Media Advisory: Joint call for national advocacy strategy for children of prisoners 6th September 2017

Specific targeted supports in education, health, social protection and social welfare are required for children with a parent in prison, according to the Children’s Rights Alliance, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) and UCC Law School academics. Read more

Advisory: UN Committee urges Government to fundamentally review prison health care system and solitary confinement 12th August 2017

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has welcomed the findings regarding Ireland’s treatment of people in prisons, published by the UN Committee on Torture. The Committee’s ‘Concluding Observations’ were developed following its examination of the Irish Government’s performance last month. Read more

UN Committee against Torture publishes Concluding Observations on Ireland 11th August 2017

IPRT welcomes the Concluding Observations released by the UN Committee against Torture on Ireland's second periodic review under the UN Convention against Torture. Read more


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