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Prison smoking ban would cause more problems than it would solve, says IPRT 5th May 2006

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has characterised as "unworkable" today's call from the Prison Officer's Association to extend the smoking ban into prisons. Read more

Prison Drug Strategy "substitutes gadgets for good practice" 4th May 2006

IPRT calls new strategy an "opportunity missed" Read more

Penal Reform Trust welcomes Government decision on prisoner voting rights 15th December 2005

Legislation will bring Ireland in compliance with European Convention on Human Rights Read more

McDowell's Prison Drug Plan "puts political posturing before public health", says IPRT 21st November 2005

As UNAIDS announces HIV-infections worldwide top 40 million, the Minister shows the Government's head firmly in the sand on HIV and Hep C in prisons Read more

"End Use of Prisons for Immigration Purposes" says new report 1st November 2005

A new report published jointly by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, the Irish Refugee Council and the Immigrant Council of Ireland calls for sweeping changes in the use of immigration-related detention in Ireland. Read more

New report challenges Prison Inspector's call for private prisons 24th August 2005

Inspector's Report's "conjecture and inaccuracy" provides no basis for privatisation, says Penal Reform Trust. The IPRT calls upon Minister to "make a firm and unequivocal commitment" against privatisation following resolution of POA dispute. Read more

Inspector's call for prison privatisation not credible, says Penal Reform Trust 5th July 2005

Prison Inspector's recommendation based on "conjecture and inaccuracy", and its main source is linked to UK's largest private prison company. Read more

Claims of private prison success a "political sleight of hand", says IPRT 1st July 2005

Prison Inspector's concern at poor prison conditions should not be used as a basis to support failed privatisation policies, says Penal Reform Trust Read more

Scottish decision to scrap Mandatory Drug Testing in prisons latest blow to McDowell plan 31st May 2005

IPRT calls upon Government to abandon plans to introduce failed scheme in Irish prisons Read more

Privatising prison escorts defies recommendations from Department of Justice expert committee 6th May 2005

Recent problems with privatised cash transits further illustrate problems with McDowell scheme, says IPRT Read more