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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

Groups Unite in Opposition to Anti Social Behaviour Orders 4th May 2005

Government's plan will have "severe consequences for young people and their families" say Coalition Against ASBOs Read more

New UK Report shows Electronic Tagging an Expensive Failure, says Penal Reform Trust 26th April 2005

IPRT challenges Government's support for electronic monitoring as privatised schemes found to be twice as expensive as the Probation Service Read more

McDowell Announcement Illustrates Incoherence of Prison Plans, says Penal Reform Trust 21st April 2005

The IPRT has criticised Justice Minister Michael McDowell's plans to restructure the prison system in the wake of the Prison Officers' Associations rejection of the latest pay offer. Read more

Electronic tagging would be "no penal reform", says IPRT 17th January 2005

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has criticised reported plans by Justice Minister Michael McDowell to introduce electronic tagging of offenders, saying that the scheme offers no recipe for penal reform. Read more

Research show Mandatory Drug Testing in Prisons "ineffective" and "dangerous", says Penal Reform Trust 6th January 2005

Citing new research from the Scottish Prison Service showing the drug intake of 76% of prisoners was not affected by MDT, the IPRT said Minister McDowell's plan will not produce the "drug free prisons" he claims. Read more

Mandatory Drug Testing of prisoners plays politics with public health, says Penal Reform Trust 30th December 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today criticised the announcement that mandatory drug testing of prisoners will begin early in the new year, citing international evidence that MDT programmes lead to increased heroin injecting among prisoners. Read more

Report concludes Needle Exchange in Prisons Safe and Effective 17th November 2004

A new report released tomorrow, entitled "Prison Needle Exchange: Lessons from a Comprehensive Review of International Evidence and Experience", provides the clearest evidence yet that these programmes are both safe and effective. Read more


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