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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

McDowell's speech on prisons suffers from "factual fuzziness", says Penal Reform Trust 29th September 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has criticised yesterday's speech by Minister Michael McDowell as yet another example of the "factual fuzziness" upon which he continues to base his prison policy. Read more

IPRT welcomes Minister Noel Ahern's support for Prison Syringe Exchange 21st September 2004

Penal Reform Group rubbishes Department of Justice opposition as "irresponsible and out of touch" Read more

McDowell's own "Bertie-Bowl" 3rd August 2004

Massive prison building plan shows PDs not immune to the allure of big-budget escapades, says IPRT Read more

Juvenile Justice Alliance welcomes commitment against fines for children: Department of Justice confirms Minister's plans now off the table 7th July 2004

The Irish Juvenile Justice Alliance has welcomed an announcement from the Department of Justice that provisions for imposing fixed penalties of up to €400 on children and young people charged with minor offences will not form part of the new Criminal Justice Bill. Read more

McDowell's plans to fine children "not in the best interests of young people" 6th July 2004

Irish Juvenile Justice Alliance calls upon Government to end gimmicks and fulfil its commitments under the Children Act, 2001 Read more

Penal Reform Trust briefs UN Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna 17th May 2004

Irish Penal Reform Trust Executive Director Rick Lines is in Vienna today at the invitation of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read more

Irish Times Opinion Piece: Electronic tagging would be no penal reform 8th May 2004

Far from being a solution to our prison problems electronic tagging is a technology in search of a rationale, Rick Lines concludes in the Irish Times. Read more

Electronic Tagging "a technology in search of rationale" says Penal Reform Trust 6th May 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has criticised today's comments by Justice Minister Michael McDowell that his Department is considering the implementation of electronic tagging of offenders. Read more

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