News & Press Releases

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

Youth Justice: ‘Designing Effective Local Responses to Youth Crime’ 14th July 2009

The Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) has published a new report ‘Designing Effective Local Responses to Youth Crime: A baseline analysis of the Garda Youth Diversion Projects’. Read more

Alliance of Groups Opposed to the Criminal Justice Bill Grows 8th July 2009

Opposition to the Government’s latest criminal justice legislative proposals continues to grow. Read more

New report proposes far-reaching changes in how justice system treats debtors 6th July 2009

FLAC recently published a new report which proposes far-reaching changes in how the justice system treats debtors. Read more

Poverty of Imagination: Government stumbles blindly towards penal expansion 24th June 2009

Thornton Hall to go ahead despite overwhelming evidence that ‘super-prisons’ do not work. Read more

Decision Time: penal expansion or penal moderation? 23rd June 2009

Ireland must make a political and social choice regarding the numbers we want to send to prison - this was the message conveyed at the Open Forum event hosted by IPRT on 18th June 2009... Read more

IPRT welcomes new report on children and juvenile justice 22nd June 2009

IPRT today welcomed the publication of “Children and Juvenile Justice: Proposals for Improvements” by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights. Read more

High Court upholds constitutional challenge to imprisonment for debt. 19th June 2009

IPRT welcomes the High Court ruling upholding a constitutional challenge regarding imprisonment of individuals unable to pay their debts. Read more


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