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McDowell's Prison Plans "recycled U.S. policy failures of 20 years ago", 6th April 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has today criticised Minister Michael McDowell's plans for massive prison expansion and the introduction on mandatory minimum sentencing, calling these initiatives "recycled U.S. policy failures of 20 years ago". Read more

Call for International Action on Prisons to coincide with Dublin AIDS Summit 23rd February 2004

80 groups/experts from more than 20 countries endorse "Dublin Declaration on HIV/AIDS in Prisons in Europe and Central Asia" Read more

Letter to the Editor: Drug Use in Prisons 14th February 2004

In a letter to the Editor published in today's Irish Times, IPRT Executive Director Rick Lines defends the provision of sterile syringes to prisoners. Read more

Urgent Action Needed on Hepatitis C in Prisons, says Penal Reform Trust 9th February 2004

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has today called upon the Government to take immediate action to prevent the transmission of Hepatitis C in prisons. Read more

Privatising prison escorts defies advice from Department of Justice expert committee 9th February 2004

Lack of Evidence Supporting New Scheme shows "public policy being made on the back of an envelope" says IPRT Read more

What Next for "new" Mountjoy? 4th February 2004

Penal Reform Trust Welcomes Prison Closure but Remains Concerned about Possible Privatisation of New Institution Read more

Privatisation Plans for Loughan House and Shelton Abbey Challenged 5th January 2004

Media reports "an illustration of the Government's playing 'hide and seek'" with their true agenda, says Penal Reform Trust Read more

McDowell's Prison Privatisation Plans Condemned 5th January 2004

Announcement proof of " Government's playing 'hide and seek'" with their true agenda, says Penal Reform Trust Read more

Conference to Examine HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Prisons 8th December 2003

Irish and International Experts to speak at forum hosted by the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Merchant's Quay Ireland Read more

Letter to the Editor: Fine Gael's crime policy a failure 7th December 2003

In a letter to the Editor published in today's Sunday Times, IPRT Executive Director Rick Lines criticises Fine Gael's support of mandatory minimum sentencing. Read more

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